Back Home, Louisville Cardinals Continue Pursuit of Perfect Season

By Steve LeMaster
Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

So far, inclement weather hasn’t stopped the Louisville Cardinals in their bid to finish the 2012 season undefeated. Louisville has played through plenty of that stuff. Probably more than its share. The Cardinals have waged their share of wars on the road, too. When Louisville hosts the South Florida Bulls on Saturday, it’ll be playing at home in the friendly confines of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the first time in 35 days.  The Cardinals will host South Florida for a nationally televised game on ABC.

During its recent road trip that spanned over a month, Louisville notched three straight wins. Last week, Louisville defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers in a Big East Conference opener. The Cardinals won their first league opener in six years and kept their overall record unblemished.

Louisville (6-0 overall, 1-0 Big East Conference) has found a way to win in less than ideal conditions. The Cardinals won on rain-soaked fields in road games against the Florida International Golden Panthers and Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Louisville has also battled back from behind to win multiple games thus far this season.

South Florida is an experienced squad and much more talented than its 2-4 overall and 0-2 Big East Conference records would indicate. However, Louisville will look to take advantage of a South Florida team that has struggled with turnovers. The Bulls have been plagued by turnovers, ranking 119th in the country in turnover margin.

Louisville is one of only 12 undefeated teams left on the Division I level. The Cardinals share that distinction with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Oregon Ducks, Florida Gators, Kansas State Wildcats, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, LSU Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oregon State Beavers, South Carolina Gamecocks, Mississippi State Bulldogs and Rutgers Scarlet Knights.




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