In the matchup against Houston, the Louisville defensive front is the key.
The Cardinals offense ranks first in FBS in scoring and the Cougars are fourth with quarterback Greg Ward Jr., leading the way this season again for Houston.
But Ward is banged up.
He injured his shoulder last week in a win over Tulane and is likely going to play but he won’t be 100 percent. Ward last year ran for 98 yards and passed for 236 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 win over the Cardinals.
So, containing Ward is the key.
Louisville’s front of the defensive attack have been very good in recent weeks with D’Angelo Brown controlling the line of scrimmage from the middle of the line.
The Cardinals had seven sacks against Wake Forest last week and among their leading tackles was Devonte Fields, James Hearns and Drew Bailey. Those guys must step up this week.
U of L coach Bobby Petrino said the defense must stay in their pass rush lanes and make Ward uncomfortable.