USFNation Game Preview: USF at Louisville

This week the Bulls are looking to get their first road victory at Papajohns Stadium in a BIG EAST match-up against Louisville. Read on for the lowdown when the Bulls and the Cards meet this Saturday at 3:30. Only on USFNation.com

Don't ask me why I forgot about doing the preview for the Louisville game. Probably because I don't have Brighthouse Cable therefore I don't have the Brighthouse Network and will not be able to see the game.

However I should note that maybe I don't want to see this game considering the Bulls are winless at Louisville. Not only winless but the Bulls haven't been competitive.

That should change on Saturday. Win or lose the Bulls are a team that rarely let's gets a game get away from them with the only recent exception being the loss to Oregon in the Sun Bowl.

This is also a much different Louisville team. No longer the dangerous offensive bunch led by Bobby Petrino, Stefan Lafors, Eric Shelton, Brian Brohm, Lionel Gates and others. Now Steve Kragthorpe is calling the shots and many Cardinal fans are counting the days until someone else is doing it.

Nonetheless this is a big game and a big opportunity for the Bulls to get a monkey off their back and put themselves in prime position to compete for the Big East title in the stretch run of the season.

When the Bulls Have the ball: Everything usually runs through quarterback Matt Grothe, but on the road that's multiplied by two as Grothe will probably get the call on pass or run around 80% of the snaps. The hope is that he doesn't get tired as the game goes on because it could be very close. It would be nice to get one of the receivers to really step up and take charge this week. My guess is A.J. Love.

When the Cardinals Have the ball: Hunter Cantwell has been very up and down this season and his eight touchdowns and eight interceptions prove that. The concern is running back Victor Anderson. Anderson is averaging 7.0 yards per carry and has six rushing scores on the season. USF was gashed early this month by LeSean McCoy and had a terrible first half against Curtis Brinkley before making some much-needed adjustments. Get off to slow start against Anderson and it could be a long afternoon in the Commonwealth.

He Said It: "Last time that we went up there it was miserable. We didn't play well. It showed on the scoreboard. ... We want to go up there and show everyone that we can win on the road." -- Matt Grothe


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