LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (2-2, 0-1) At MEMPHIS TIGERS (3-3, 1-2)
Game Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Liberty Bowl: Memphis, Tenn.
Announcers: Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Rob Stone
Favorite: Louisville by 6.5
All-Time Series: Louisville leads 21-19
Last Meeting: Louisville won 56-49 in 2004
Excitement Level: 5.9
We probably should have brought back the anxiety meter for this one, as I'm definitely more anxious about losing this one than I am excited about winning it.
Game Attire: Black Zack Stoudt jersey
I'm laying full blame for the UConn loss on the second-string hat. If the Tigers pull the upset then the jersey will almost assuredly be spending the rest of the winter in the closet. Do somethin', Stoudt.
Rock Keys Playing Alert Level: Magic Mint (It's not going to happen and you need to find a new player)
Predicted Star of the Game: Brock Bolen
How about triple digits and multiple visits to the endzone?
Notable and Quotable
--Memphis leads the all-time series in the Bluff City 11-10, but haven't defeated the Cards at home since 1997.
--Louisville is 9-3 all-time on Oct. 10.
--In the last six meetings between these two teams, the winner has scored more than 30 points.
--Memphis is 4-5 all-time on Oct. 10, and 49-54-11 on games played on Fridays.
--Steve Kragthorpe holds a 2-0 record as a head coach against Memphis.
--Through four games, Louisville has been outscored 48-12 in the fourth quarter.
--Memphis defensive tackle Clinton McDonald is currently tied for the national lead with seven sacks.
--"It's been a great rivalry for Louisville. We've talked a little bit about it with our team, and we'll talk to them more about it as the game gets closer. These schools have played for a long, long time, particularly when these two schools were independents." --Steve Kragthorpe
--"Whenever you get Louisville and Memphis together, it's always good stuff." --Tommy West
--“Arkelon Hall is really playing good football for them right now. He’s making some plays with his feet and throwing the ball down the field with great accuracy. They’ve got a great group of wide receivers and they’re running the ball well on offense.” --Steve Kragthorpe
--"The season is obviously not over. Nobody is down in the dumps, but we're a little on edge to get back on the field again." --Eric Wood
--"I do not care for the Memphis State, nor am I particularly fond of their Tiger mascot." --Mike Rutherford
"There's some bad blood similar to Kentucky and Louisville. We know this is a big game for them, and it's a big game for us."--Eric Wood