Michael McCammon

ACC cross-division rivals meet on Saturday at noon

No. 5 Louisville and Heisman Trophy front-runner Lamar Jackson visit ACC rival Virginia for a nationally broadcast game

No. 5 Louisville (6-1, 4-1) visits Virginia (2-5, 1-2) for an important ACC contest.

LOCATION: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va. (61,500)
DATE:  Saturday, October 29
KICKOFF: 12:00 p.m.
RADIO:  Louisville Sports Properties Network
Play-by-Play: Paul Rogers
Analyst: Alex Kupper
Reporter: Jody Demling
TV:  ABC or ESPN2
Play-by-Play: Allen Bestwick
Analyst: Mike Bellotti
Reporter: Kris Budden

NOTEBOOK

Saturday will mark the fifth meeting between the two programs, which each winning a pair.  The Cardinals enter the game as a near five touchdown favorite, which bucks the series trend, where the average margin of victory has been just 3 points.  Louisville's 38-31 win over Virginia in 2015 is the largest margin of victory in the series.  Virginia has won both meetings in Charlottesville, including the Cardinals first-ever ACC road game in 2014.

Louisville

  • The Cardinals are attempting to start a season 7-1 for the first time since 2013.
  • Louisville has two players - RB Brandon Radcliff and QB Lamar Jackson - among the nation's top ten in yards gained per carry.
  • The U of L offense, which has totaled 500 yards in six of seven games this season, is currently No. 1 nationally in total offense and scoring offense.
  • Defensively, the Cardinals are No. 10 nationally in total defense and are seventh in opponents third-down conversion.
  • U of L is 3-0 in 2016 and 40-1 all-time with Bobby Petrino as head coach and holding opponents to 20 points or less.

Virginia

  • Virginia's all-time record at Scott Stadium is 256-187-12.
  • Virginia is No. 2 in the nation in red zone chances that result in a touchdown.  The Cavaliers are converting 82.6 percent of red zone chances into touchdowns.
  • UVA is 2-8-1 all-time in Charlottesville against the AP Top 5.  Cavs head coach Bronco Mendenhall is 1-2 all-time against AP Top 5 opponents.
  • Nicholas Conte is No. 1 in the ACC and No. 13 in the nation with a 45.3 punting average.
  • The Cavs offense averages 26.3 points per game, while the defense has allowed 32.7.

KEY PLAYERS

[------ article continues below video ------]

Louisville

QB Lamar Jackson : The Heisman Trophy front-runner leads the nation in multiple categories and is among the leaders in many others. LINK and LINK

TE Cole Hikutini : Senior tight end is coming off a career-high 118 receiving yards.  He's third on the team in receptions and his four touchdowns is tied with two others for team high. His seven career touchdown receptions is one shy of tying for eighth-place on the all-time list for receivingvtouchdowns by a tight end.

DB Jaire Alexander : In seven games, Alexander leads the Cardinals with three interceptions. He also has 23 tackles and a forced fumble. He's been so good that's he's a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Oh, and he's No. 11 nationally in punt returns.

RELATED: Alexander named Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist

Virginia

RB Taquan Mizzel : He has a reception in 40 straight games, which equals the third-longest active streak in the nation.  His 174 career receptions ranks second in UVA's record books.

QB Kurt Benkert : An East Carolina transfer, Benkert's 1,859 passing yards through his first seven starts is the most all-time among UVA quarterbacks.

S Quin Blanding : Third fastest in UVA history to reach 300 career tackles.  Now ranks 13th in program history with 313 total stops.

QUOTABLE

UVA defensive tackle Donte Wilkins on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson:

"He's a great player like everyone can see.  Might probably win the Heisman this year, but I think it's going to be fun to play against him and see what we can do."

U of L head coach Bobby Petrino on the Virginia offense:

"They are getting better as the year goes on; they continue to execute their offense very well. We have got to do a good job of stopping the run on first and ten and second down. They have a running back that's had success against us in the past and is a very good player."


Cardinal Authority Top Stories