Game Day: Louisville vs. Memphis

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (2-2, 0-0) VS. MEMPHIS TIGERS (1-4, 0-3)

Game Time: 2:00

Location: Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium: Louisville, KY

Television: None

Viewing Options: ESPN3.com

Favorite: Louisville by 17

All-Time Series: Louisville leads 22-19

Last Meeting: Louisville won 35-28 in 2008.

Excitement Level: 6.9

I hate Memphis and I've missed home games

Game Attire: New gray Louisville football shirt

2-0

Pregame Meal: Burgers, tailgate food.

Bold Prediction: Damian Copeland catches more than three passes

Titus Teague Playing Alert Level: Magenta (low)

Predicted Star of the Game: Bilal Powell

Why fight it?

NOTABLE

--Memphis has an all-time record of 7-5-1 when playing on Oct. 9 in its history. The Tigers won their last three Oct. 9 games, including their last one in 1999. That season, Memphis posted a 38-14 win over UAB on Oct. 9. One of the most memorable Oct. 9 games is the 1976 victory over Auburn at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The home Tigers pulled out a come-from-behind Homecoming victory over the visiting Tigers 28-27, before a crowd of over 48,000. Memphis and Louisville played one previous Oct. 9 game. The contest was played in the 1971 campaign, and the Cardinals pulled out a narrow 26-20 victory at the Liberty Bowl.

--The Tigers have an all-time record of 39-37 against members of the Big East Conference, but Memphis played the three foes -- Cincinnati, Louisville and USF -- all but twice when they were members of the Metro Conference and Conference USA. The last two encounters (vs. Louisville and USF in 2008) were played when Memphis was a member of C-USA and Louisville and USF were Big East Conference schools. The Tigers lead the Cincinnati series 18-12, while Louisville holds a narrow 22-19 series advantage. With its 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl win over the Tigers, USF now leads the series 3-2 over Memphis.

--Of the 10 true freshmen to see action for Memphis this season, five have made it into the starting lineup. The five true freshmen to start are: Ryan Williams (QB), Todd Washington (CB), Corey Jones (DL), Jerrell Rhodes (RB) and Taurean Nixon (DB). In addition, three redshirt-freshmen have started this season, including Ricky Hart (OL), Mohammed Seisay (CB) and Brooks Johnson (TE). Hart started against UTEP for Dominik Riley, who suffered a knee injury versus Middle Tennessee. Seisay has started all five games at cornerback.

--Louisville is 82-77 all-time versus Conference USA.

Quotable

--''I don't think there is an established playmaker, anywhere, on offense. Our backs have had some productive days, but again it's all about consistency and having a presence in a game that causes problems for an opponent.'' --Memphis head coach Larry Porter

--""The season goal is to get to a bowl game. If we can get this third win here in nonconference season and be 3-2 going into the conference, it will be a big deal." --Adam Froman

--"I do not have the guys I had at Florida, but guys want to win. It is just coaching them and putting them in position." --Charlie Strong

--"I'm not happy with our offense at all. I think we need more consistency. We need more continuity within what we're doing just to get some rhythm and put some points on the board and give ourselves an opportunity to have a fighting chance at the end." --Porter

CC Preditction: Louisville 28, Memphis 10

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