Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (56,000/FieldTurf)
Saturday, October 20 • 3:30 p.m. • ABC
ABC/ WatchESPN — Mark Neely and Ray Bentley
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
Saturday’s game will be the 10th meeting between Louisville and USF in a series that started in 2003 … USF holds a 5-4 series lead, but Louisville was a 34-24 winner in Tampa last season to clinch a share of the BIG EAST title … USF took a 24-21 win in overtime in the last meeting in Louisville in 2010 … Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes in last year’s win.
USF (2-4, 0-2 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
15-16, third season at USF
87-66, 13th season as collegiate head coach
USF began the season with wins against Chattanooga and Nevada, but looks to snap a losing streak that reached four games with a 37-28 setback to Temple Oct. 6 … The Bulls did not play last weekend … USF is tied with Syracuse at No. 115 nationally in turnover margin (-1.67 per game) … USF is the only team in the nation that does not have a defensive interception this season … The Bulls have not forced a turnover of any kind in their last three games … USF has dropped 10 of its last 11 BIG EAST games, with the lone win in that strech a 37-17 victory at Syracuse Nov. 11, 2011 … QB B.J. Daniels ranks second in the BIG EAST in total offense, averaging 296.8 yards per game … Daniels has thrown for 1,504 yards and 10 touchdowns and is the conference’s third-leading passer (250.7 ypg) … Daniels has had a hand in 11 of the Bulls’ 15 touchdowns this season … LB DeDe Lattimore ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in tackles (47, 7.8 per game).
16/14 LOUISVILLE (6-0, 1-0 BIG EAST)
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
12-6, second season at Louisville
12-7, second full season as collegiate head coach
Louisville, which is ranked No. 16 in the first BCS standings of 2012, returns home after a stretch of three consecutive road games … Louisville is one of 12 teams nationally without a loss in 2012 … … The Cardinals are looking for just their second 2-0 start in BIG EAST play (2006) … Louisville is 6-0 for the first time since 2006, when the Cardinals won the BIG EAST title and finished 12-1 after a win against Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl … Louisville plays four of its final six regular-season games at home … Louisville has averaged 35.3 points and QB Teddy Bridgewater has completed 81.8 percent of his passes at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium this year … Overall, Bridgewater has completed 117 of 163 passes for 1,438 yards and nine touchdowns with three interceptions … Despite Louisville’s 117 completions, the Cardinals don’t have a receiver with more than 18 catches, though nine players have at least nine receptions … RB Senorise Perry is ranked third in the BIG EAST in rushing (93.2 ypg) and has a league-high nine touchdown runs, while RB Jeremy Wright is sixth in rushing yards (77.5 ypg) … Perry is the BIG EAST scoring leader at 9.0 points per game … S Calvin Pryor has a team-high 46 tackles with an interception and leads the nation with four forced fumbles.