Carrier Dome (49,262/FieldTurf)
BIG EAST Network Game of the Week
Mike Gleason, John Congemi and Eamon McAnaney
WHAS-AM 840 (flagships)
WTKW-FM 99.5 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the 10th meeting between Louisville and Syracuse in a series that dates to 1985 … The Orange hold a 5-4 series lead and have taken two of the last three matchups, though the Cardinals were 10-9 winners in 2009 … Included in the ledger is a 24-13 Syracuse win in 1989 that was played in Tokyo, Japan, in front of some 50,000 spectators … The 2007 matchup in Louisville saw the teams combine for a BIG EAST-record 978 passing yards in Syracuse’s 38-35 win against the No. 18 Cardinals.
LOUISVILLE (4-4, 1-2 BIG EAST)
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
4-4, first season
Louisville looks to bounce back from a 20-3 loss at Pittsburgh that left the Cardinals at 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST … After averaging 442.1 yards of offense in its first seven games, Louisville was held to 185 yards against the Panthers … The Cardinals still rank second in the BIG EAST in total offense (410.0 yards per game) and are third in scoring offense (26.6 ppg) … RB Bilal Powell has been the catalyst behind the revamped offense … Powell ranks fifth nationally in rushing (133. yards per game), but left last week’s game against Pittsburgh in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury … Powell has rushed for 1,067 yards and nine touchdowns this season … QB Adam Froman has thrown for 1,633 yards and 11 touchdowns against four interceptions … WR Doug Beaumont has a team-high 31 receptions for 358 yards, but has missed the last two games due to injury … DT Rodney Gnat ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with 6.5 sacks, while CB Johnny Patrick is fourth with three interceptions … Freshman LB Hakeem Smith has a team-high 47 tackles, including four tackles for loss.