LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (2-2, 0-0) VS. MEMPHIS TIGERS (1-4, 0-3)
Game Time: 2:00
Location: Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium: Louisville, KY
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
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?
--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.