Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (56,000/Field Turf)
THE GAME - THE KEG OF NAILS
The rivalry between Cincinnati and Louisville dates to 1922 … The teams renew acquaintances for the 51st time Friday … Cincinnati holds a 28-21-1 series lead and has won two straight after a run in which Louisville had won nine of 10 … The Cincinnati-Louisville winner has gone on to win the BIG EAST championship in three of the last four years … Last year’s game saw Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros throw for 253 yards and three touchdowns in the Bearcats’ 41-10 win at Nippert Stadium … Cincinnati and Louisville won their games last week by a combined score of 101-3.
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
2-3, first season at Cincinnati
29-15, fourth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati turned in its best effort of the season in last week’s 45-3 win against Miami (Ohio) to claim the first of two straight rivalry games for the Bearcats … All of the scoring came in the first half against Miami as Cincinnati punted just once in the first half … The Bearcats reeled off 609 yards of offense against the RedHawks and had 461 yards against Oklahoma in their previous game … The Bearcats are 0-2 on the road … QB Zach Collaros is the BIG EAST leader in pass efficiency (158.1) and passing yards (236.0 yards per game) … Collaros has completed 91 of 144 passes for 1,180 yards and 12 touchdowns against just one interception … Collaros has thrown the most touchdown passes and has the fewest interceptions of any BIG EAST starter … RB Isaiah Pead is averaging 9.8 yards per carry (402 yards on 41 attempts) … WR D.J. Woods leads the BIG EAST in receptions (5.8 per game) and receiving yards (97.8 per game) … Woods has 29 catches for 489 yards and four touchdowns … K Jacob Rogers has 299 career points, good for eighth among kickers in BIG EAST history.
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
3-2, first season
Louisville looks for its third straight win Friday after the Cardinals had an easy time with Memphis in a 56-0 win last week … Louisville is 3-1 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium this season … The Cardinals lead the BIG EAST in total offense (461.4 yards per game), rushing offense (218.0 ypg) and passing offense (243.4 ypg) and are second in scoring offense (31.4 ppg) … QB Adam Froman, meanwhile, enters as the league leader in total offense (250.6 ypg) … Froman has thrown for 1,177 yards and nine touchdowns and is second in the BIG EAST in passing (235.4 ypg) … RB Bilal Powell is second in the conference and eighth nationally in rushing (137.8 ypg) … Powell has rushed for 689 yards and seven touchdowns … WR Josh Bellamy has emerged as a big-play receiver with four touchdown catches … CB Johnny Patrick leads the team with two interceptions, while DE Rodney Gnat is the BIG EAST leader in sacks (6.5) … Louisville’s last three-game winning streak was in 2008, when the Cardinals defeated Memphis, Middle Tennessee State and USF from Oct. 10-25.