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       === Seventh-rankd Cardinals set sights on struggling Panthers ===
 
 Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - In their final non-league bout of the
 season, Teddy Bridgewater and the seventh-ranked Louisville Cardinals will
 host the FIU Panthers at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
 
 After taking some difficult losses in their first two games, the Panthers
 really suffered last time out with a 34-13 setback against FCS foe Bethune
 Cookman. The lost dropped the Panthers to 0-3 on the campaign. FIU already
 faced a team from the American Athletic Conference this season and was no
 match for UCF in a 38-0 shutout.
 
 Three games in and Louisville has been able to keep itself on track for a
 national title run. The Cardinals are 3-0 after a tough road test against
 instate rival Kentucky last time out. Bridgewater struggled more than usual,
 completing just 16-of-28 pass attempts, but it was enough to lift the
 Cardinals to a 27-13 win and keep their record unscathed. With a win on
 Saturday, Louisville will be 4-0 for the second straight season and just the
 ninth time since 1946.
 
 "We're always playing against ourselves and not the opponent. The guys have to
 understand that even though we're in the position that we're in, we have to
 get better and we're going to get better," Louisville head coach Charlie
 Strong, who has constantly downplayed the Cardinals success, said.
 
 This is the third straight season the Cardinals and Panthers have met, after
 never having matched up previously. The Cardinals took the contest on the
 road, 28-21, a year ago, while the Panthers got a 24-17 victory in 2011. The
 Panthers' win came in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
 
 The Panthers have been searching for answers on offense. In the first three
 games they have managed to score just 23 points total, while averaging 191
 yards of total offense. With the lack of production, FIU is at the bottom of
 Conference USA in both scoring and total offense, while second to last in both
 categories nationally.
 
 Jake Medlock will likely continue to be the starter at quarterback for the
 Panthers, though E.J. Hilliard has gotten looks in each game this season.
 Medlock has completed just 54.5 percent of his pass attempts and totaled only
 303 yards and one touchdown. The one score came against Bethune Cookman, as
 did his lone interception. A lack of protection in the pocket has hurt
 Medlock's performance as he has been sacked eight times.
 
 After a quiet first two weeks, when he had just 44 yards on six receptions,
 T.J. Lowder burst open with six receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown
 against Bethune Cookman. Only Fred Porter (six receptions, 77 yards) and Jonnu
 Smith (seven receptions, 54 yards) are anywhere close to those kinds of
 numbers.
 
 Running the ball has been nearly impossible for FIU. The Panthers are
 averaging just 1.9 yards per carry with leading rusher Lamarq Caldwell only
 managing 144 yards on 44 carries in three games.
 
 It is not as if the Panthers have been losing just because of offensive
 struggles. FIU has been as porous as any team in the country on defense,
 allowing 38.3 points and 438.3 yards per game.
 
 Greg Hickman (5.5 tackles for loss) and Isame Faciane (5.0 tackles for loss)
 have been the lone bright spots for the Panthers, with each helping create
 negative plays at a solid rate. In fact, the Panthers have 22 tackles for loss
 on the season, ranking third in the league.
 
 Against Kentucky, Bridgewater looked human for the first time this season.
 With 16 completions, 250 yards and a single touchdown, Bridgewater had easily
 his worst game of the year. If there was a positive it was that Bridgewater
 did not turn the ball over. Even with the pedestrian outing, he is a superior
 talent and should be back in line with his season numbers (62-of-88, 1,002
 yards, 10 TDs, INT) more often than not, especially this week.
 
 "He missed some throws, but sometimes, he's going to play like that," Strong
 said of Bridgewater's performance against Kentucky. "I always tell our guys
 that even if our offense isn't playing well, the defense has to play well,
 which the defense did."
 
 Luckily for Bridgewater, or perhaps because of him, the Cardinals' roster is
 filled with productive offensive playmakers. DeVante Parker (13 receptions,
 257 yards, four TDs) and Damian Copeland (12 receptions, 211 yards, three TDs)
 are one of the most explosive receiving tandems in not only the American
 Athletic Conference, but the nation as a whole. Eli Rogers (eight receptions,
 160 yards) and tight end Gerald Christian (10 receptions, 129 yards, TD)
 provide even more depth.
 
 "Sometimes, we get caught up, like how Teddy's (Bridgewater) playing. We
 forget about how there's more players around him," Strong said.
 
 The running game has also been strong behind Bridgewater. As a team the
 Cardinals are producing 173 rushing yards per game, with a trio of running
 backs leading the way. Senorise Perry paces the team in carries (37), yards
 (194) and rushing touchdowns (three), but Michael Dyer (22 attempts, 132
 yards, TD) and Dominique Brown (25 attempts, 98 yards) provide plenty of help.
 
 Even with all the weapons on offense, Strong has maintained his identity as a
 defensive-minded coach. His unit this season has been stellar. The Cardinals
 are allowing just nine points per game and holding teams to 285 yards of total
 offense on average. Louisville has also succeeded in keeping teams from
 sustaining drives by allowing just 10 first downs on 41 third down attempts.
 
 Preston Brown (24 tackles, 2.0 sacks) has been the leader for the squad.
 Lorenzo Mauldin (3.0 sacks) and Brandon Dunn (4.0 sacks) have provided a
 strong pass rush. The Cardinals have been adept at getting into the backfield
 as a team with 24 tackles for loss.
 
 
 
 
 09/18 11:01:36 ET

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