PREVIEW: Louisville vs. Florida International

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SERIES HISTORY

This will be the 4th meeting (all consecutive) between FIU and Louisville, with the Cardinals holding a 2-1 series advantage.  The Panthers won the 1st match-up in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium with some huge plays from T.Y. Hilton that helped propel FIU to victory and stun the shocked PJCS crowd. In 2012, the Cards traveled to Miami and won a hard fought victory to even the series, before 2013’s lopsided 72-0 victory back in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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Last Trip To FIU

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I made the trip to Miami two years ago  for the FIU vs. Louisville game.   The experience was EXTREMELY interesting.  It was a revenge game for Louisville after the T...

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VIDEO: Bobby Petrino Last Update Pre-FIU

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Louisville Defense vs. FIU Offense

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Louisville’s defense has played superbly in 2014 picking up where it left off in 2013.  The Cards are big upfront, fast at linebacker, and have had very few coverage breakdowns in the secondary.  In fact, the secondary has been a big part of Louisville creating 7 turnovers on the season.

Despite playing Wagner and Bethune-Cookman Florida International’s offense hasn’t looked very good and has piled up just 285.3 yards per game (120th) in 3 games.  Last season the Louisville defense allowed just 27 yards of total offense for the game and while the Cards are averaging 22 yards worse per game on defense from a year ago, UofL is still pacing to be the #3 Defense in the country if they keep the same pace.

FIU uses two Quarterbacks E.J. Hilliard (6-3, 205, Jr.) & Alex McGough (6-3, 215, Fr.)...

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VIDEO: Ron Turner Previews Lousiville

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Louisville Offense vs. Florida International Defense

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It’s no secret that the Louisville offense struggled last week vs. Virginia.  The Cards only managed 282 yards, struggled to gain field position, struggled to get first downs, struggled to complete passes, and gave up on running the ball.  In the end, the Cards lost by just 2 points  but the batted balls the constant pressure in the Louisville backfield made for a frustrating day for the Cardinal offense.

Like Virginia, Florida International is really good at creating turnovers. The Panthers created 4 turnovers against Pittsburgh and now have 9 on the season (#5 in the country).  Pittsburgh didn’t struggle much to move the ball against FIU, but did fail to score due to timely turnovers and as a result Pittsburgh fell behind 16-0 and didn’t regain the lead until the 3rd quarter...

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VIDEO: Todd Grantham Talks Defense Pre-FIU

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Addressing Three Potential Lineup Changes for Louisville Football

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After last season it’s quite the culture shock that a trio of games featuring a road meeting at Syracuse would be considered the softest part of Louisville’s schedule. However, that appears to be the case. Louisville won’t play a ranked opponent over the next 3 games which will feature teams with a combined 4-4 record with losses against Bethum-Cookman and Louisiana Monroe. Once this skid concludes Louisville is slated to face a ranked opponent in every other game.

The good thing for Louisville is that this soft slate will allow Louisville to try a few new things. Could lineup changes be on the horizon? Possibly. I’ll break down a few potential ones here.

On a Tuesday practice session with the media, Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee essentially told the media each spot is up for...

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Busy Morning Notes -Bonnafon, DeVante, Winston, Blakeney

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It was a busy morning of news nuggets this morning. Rather than creating a series of individual posts, I’d thought we’d do some quick hitters today.

Reggie Bonnafon Will Not Travel to FIU

Reggie Bonnafon’s father suddenly passed away on Monday and is tending to his family.  Bonnafon has also not hit the practice field since his family tragedy.  The game against Florida International should not require his services but may have been another live-action learning opportunity……I think we can all agree that Reggie taking this bereavement is more important than any game.  Prayers to the Bonnafon family.

DeVante Parker Ahead of Schedule

Bobby Petrino also noted that DeVante Parker was able to “get out of his boot and into shoes” much faster than originally expected on the ACC Teleconference on...

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Notes from Bobby Petrino’s ACC Teleconference

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This morning Bobby Petrino spoke roughly for 7 minutes on the ACC Teleconference. Here are the some items addressed in the teleconference.

The biggest news of the teleconference was on Reggie Bonnafon. After the death of his father on Monday, it was announced that he will not make the trip to Florida International as expected.

“It’s something that caught his family off guard,” Petrino explained. “He is going to focus on his mom and family.”

The funeral for Reggie Bonnafon’s father will be on Saturday.

Petrino – like Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee – said that yesterday was the best practice that Louisville has had since he’s been here.

“I was really encouraged by the way we came out and practiced yesterday,” He explained.

Lastly, Petrino addressed Devante Parker in the injury he’s curr...

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VIDEO: Will Gardner Talks Offense Pre-FIU

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