No. 3 Louisville visits Houston on Thursday night

Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino. The Cardinals are 9-1 and travel to Houston for a nationally-televised Thursday night contest

Here are five takeways from Bobby Petrino's regular Monday press conference.

No. 3 Louisville visits Houston on Thursday night at 8p.m.

1.  Short week equals no down time.  No stranger in preparing his team for a short week, Bobby Petrino noted the adjusted schedule for the staff and players when prepping for a Thursday night game.  Instead a bit of time off following a Saturday game, the team quickly returned to work on Sunday.

"We came back last night and had meetings for it, and walk-through and today will be a normal Tuesday practice for us," Petrino explained.  "It will be a short week for us, but I think we'll be able to handle it well."

A traditional schedule typcially allows for coaches to spend extra time with their family on Friday and Saturday mornings, but this past week the staff was in the Howard Schnellenberger Complex by 7a.m. preparing for Houston.

"[We] probably don't know a whole lot of what's going on in the world besides getting ready for the Houston game," Petrino said.

2.  Josh Harvey-Clemons availability still to be determined:  Petrino stated that Monday will provide a clearer idea of the possibility of senior safety Josh Harvey-Clemons for Thursday's game.

"We'll find out today," he said, referring to the team's evening practice session.

"Hopefully he'll be ready to go."

3.  Greg Ward, Jr., looks good to Petrino: Game week reports are indicating that Houston dual-threat quarterback Greg Ward Jr., is injured.  The Cougars long-shot Heisman candidate has struggled with injuries for much of the season and he left last week's game, a 30-18 win over Tulane, with a sore shoulder.

Despite Ward's reported injury struggles, Petrino has been impressed by the senior's performance has been impressive throughout the season.

"He looks good to me," said Petrino.  "He looks like he's throwing it well, and he can really run."

Ward is a Davey O'Brien Naitonal QB semifinalist and his 2,608 passing yards ranks No. 25 nationally.

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4.  U of L likes the weeknight spotlight: Louisville is no stranger to playing on weeknight games and the added national spotlight that comes with it.

"Those are the types of games that we like," Petrino said.  "It's something that's fun as a team and something that we feel has always helped us in recruiting."

Thursday's meeting will be the 17th between the two programs with the all-time series split 8-8.

5.  Remaining focused on themselves.  Referring to this past weekend's rash of upsets among highly-rated programs, Bobby Petrino explained that the focus needs to remain on themselves.

Louisville rose to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 following a loss to a trio of programs - Clemson, Michigan and Washington - over the weekend that provides evidence that the College Football Playoff landscape remains fluid.

"Whatever happens, happens," he said.  "We can't control any of that."

Petrino explained the key is to "play the type of football that we are capable of playing."

"I think for our players they need to understand that we have to play well."


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