The Louisville Cardinals are winning close games, but Charlie Strong and his coaching staff would like to widen the distance between the Cardinals and their opponents. Offensive consistency has become a question mark for the Cardinals. Louisville (4-0) has dominated in the first half of three of their first four games.
Following a 32-14 win over the rival Kentucky Wildcats in a season-opener and a lopsided victory over outmatched Missouri State, Louisville had to hold on tight for wins over the North Carolina Tar Heels and Florida International Golden Panthers. After taking what looked to be a comfortable 36-7 lead into halftime against North Carolina, Louisville was limited offensively and held on to win 39-34.
Last week, with an offense that was held to only 326 total yards, Louisville prevailed 28-21 over Florida International. Now, Louisville is poised to put its offense to work on the road against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
Louisville entered its latest campaign with a schedule that was favorable for an undefeated regular-season run. This week, Louisville will look to amp up its offensive output against Southern Mississippi. Louisville is averaging 431.5 yards of total offense per game. That’s not bad, but could be better, especially in the second half.
Louisville has put up some big numbers through its first four games. Still, consistency must come if the Cardinals want to continue to win and run the table in the regular season.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running backs Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright have paced the Louisville offense thus far. Bridgewater has completed 91 of 124 passes for 1,094 yards and seven touchdowns. The Louisville quarterback has spread the football around, completing multiple passes to 11 different receivers. On the ground, Perry and Wright have combined to rush for more than 600 yards and eight touchdowns through four games.
Former Conference USA rivals Louisville and Southern Mississippi are set to hook up in a game where records will be thrown out. Southern Mississippi is winless following losses to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, East Carolina Pirates and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Playing on the road in Hattiesburg hasn’t been easy for the Louisville Cardinals. Louisville is 3-11 in games played at Southern Mississippi. A more consistent offense could get the Cardinals that fourth win at Southern Miss, though.