Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (56,000/Field Turf)
ESPN3.com — B.J. Schaben and Curt Warner
WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
Louisville and Memphis meet for the 42nd time in a series that dates to 1948 … The Cardinals hold a 22-19 series lead and have won six of the last seven … The last game was Oct. 10, 2008, when Louisville took a 35-28 win in Memphis … Louisville got two touchdown passes from QB Hunter Cantwell in that game and also scored on a kickoff return, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal return … Both head coaches were members of BCS National Championship coaching staffs before taking their current positions — Louisville’s Charlie Strong won two BCS titles as defensive coordinator at Florida, while Memphis’ Larry Porter coached the LSU running backs on the 2007 national championship team.
|This Weekend's Games
UConn @ Rutgers (7:30pm, ESPN) - PREVIEW
Syracuse @ USF (Noon, BIG EAST Network) - PREVIEW
Memphis @ Louisville (2pm, ESPN3.com) - PREVIEW
Pittsburgh @ Notre Dame (3:30pm, NBC) - PREVIEW
UNLV @ WVU(3:30pm, BIG EAST Network) - PREVIEW
Miami (OH) @ Cincinnati (7pm, ESPN3.com) - PREVIEW
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
2-2, first season
Louisville turned in its best offensive performance of the season in last week’s 34-24 win at Arkansas State as the Cardinals built a 31-7 halftime lead and finished the game with 575 rushing yards … The win snapped a 10-game losing streak in road games for the Cardinals … The gaudy numbers moved the Cardinals atop the BIG EAST leaderboard in total offense (433.2 yards per game) … QB Adam Froman enters Saturday’s game as the BIG EAST’s individual leader in total offense at 251.8 yards per game … Froman is second in the conference in passing (235.5 ypg) … Froman has completed 71 of 123 passes for 942 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions … RB Bilal Powell is third in the BIG EAST in rushing (121.2 ypg), with 485 yards and five TDs on 73 carries … RB Victor Anderson, the 2008 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, has rushed for 222 yards … DT Rodney Gnat has a BIG EAST-leading 5.5 sacks, while CB Darius Ashley has a team-high two interceptions … Louisville has scored 64 points in the second quarter and 37 in the other three quarters combined.
MEMPHIS (1-4, 0-3 Conference USA)
Larry Porter (Memphis ’96)
1-4, first season
Memphis has dropped back-to-back games for the second time in 2010 following a 48-7 loss to Tulsa last Saturday … The Tigers opened the season with losses on the road against Mississippi State (49-7) and East Carolina (49-27) … Memphis was a 24-17 winner against Middle Tennessee State, but fell to Texas-El Paso 16-13 prior to the loss to Tulsa … Memphis has been outscored by a combined 101 points in its five games … The Tigers have lost nine straight road games, with the last win away from home coming against Southern Methodist in 2008 … The Tigers rank 110th nationally in total offense (286.4 yards per game) and scoring defense (35.8 ppg) and 113rd in scoring offense (15.6 ppg) … The Tigers start a true freshman behind center in QB Ryan Williams … Williams has thrown for 715 yards and five touchdowns with five interceptions … RB Jerrell Rhodes (283 yards, 1 TD) and RB Gregory Ray (269 yards, 2 TDs) have split the carries … DE Dasmine Cathey has a team-high three sacks and five tackles for loss.