Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino; his team is 8-1 and ranked No. 6 in AP

Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino. The Cardinals are 8-1 and will host Wake Forest on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino.

The Cardinals are 8-1 and will host Wake Forest on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

1. Cards practiced well, played well: Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said after his team narrowly escaped Virginia with a win that the Cardinals didn't prepare well enough to perform like they had been playing.

Well, it was the opposite last week.

Petrino said his team "earned the right to win on the practice field."

"I liked the focus and the way we came out and took care of business," he said.

Petrino said he can usually tell on the Tuesday night practice how the week is going to go and hopes this team continues to practice well and stay focused on the task at hand.

"All we can do is continue to win games," he said.

2. Polls served as motivation: One other reason for some extra motivation last week at Boston College was the players felt snubbed by the No. 7 ranking in the first College Football Playoff poll.

"Our players were upset," Petrino said. "I do think it motivated us."

Petrino said after the Boston College game that he "maybe made a mistake" by not scoring 80 points against Florida State earlier in the season and said on Monday he doesn't want to run the scores up on teams.

When asked if he felt like the Cardinals had to win big the rest of the season, Petrino said: "I don't really know."

3. Winning the line of scrimmage: A huge win for the fronts last week on both sides of the ball as Louisville's defensive front dominated the Eagles' and the Louisville offensive front had a solid game.

Petrino said the lines have been playing well and were a huge key to that victory.

"We dominated the line of scrimmage on defense," Petrino said. "We turned in a lot of negative plays."

4. No penalties for the Cards: Petrino said he was elated with no penalties and noted he's not sure he's ever had a team without a penalty in a game before. The Cardinals did have one kickoff go out of bounds and a flag was thrown, but that doesn't count as a penalty.

Penalties have been a point of contention for the staff in recent weeks. Louisville had over 100 yards of them in the loss at Clemson and ranked among the nation's most penalized team coming into the weekend.

Petrino said he wasn't aware during the game, but did have a feeling something was different.

"I did notice that I didn't have the headache that I normally have from yelling at the officials," Petrino said.

5. Wake Forest is much improved: Petrino noted that Wake Forest is 6-3 - bowl eligible already - and are much improved under Dave Clawson.

The Demon Deacons are 34-point underdogs but Petrino said they "are a lot better" than what they have been.

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