LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (2-2) AT NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS (4-1, 1-1)
Game Time: Noon
Location: Kenan Stadium: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Announcers: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Bob Davie (analyst)
Favorite: North Carolina by 13.5
All-Time Series: Louisville leads 3-2
Last Meeting: Louisville won 69-14 in 2005
Excitement Level: 7.8
It appears as though we're outmatched at virtually every position, but knowing that maximum effort will be given and that there's the potential for Teddy to "let it rip" exists still has me excited. Plus, I've heard Kenan and Chapel Hill are quite aesthetically pleasing, and I'm looking forward to seeing that.
Game Attire: Red Louisville football shirt, red/white Louisville hat
I feel like you almost have to sport red when you're at an away game. This shirt actually hasn't been worn since the UK football game last year, and this is the perfect opportunity for it to exorcise some demons.
The Art jersey? Again, I don't wanna mess this thing up. I don't wanna push too far.
Pregame Meal: Whatever breakfast food they have in North Carolina. Don't they eat goat? I don't know, I'm not very good with culture. Also, I'll be drinking.
Bold Prediction: We intercept more than one pass.
Bold predictions have been steadily improving and I'm feeling strangely confident about this one.
Playing Alert Level: Tropical Rain Forest (better than you probably think, but still not good)
Predicted Star of the Game: Josh Chichester
Chi-Daddy loves the road. Remember Rupp?
--Louisville has won the last two meeting between the two schools by a score of 103-14.
--Carolina is seeking its eighth straight win over a non-conference opponent. The Tar Heels have not lost to a team outside the ACC since the 2010 opener vs. LSU. UNC is 15-3 since 2008 against non-conference teams.
--The Tar Heels are seeking their first 4-0 start at Kenan Stadium since 1997.
--Louisville has not won on the road when it's been a double-digit underdog since beating Southern Miss (-13) on November 4, 2000. In fact, the only other game the Cardinals have won as a double-digit dog since 1990 was the 2002 home upset of Florida State (-14.5). (Thanks, Hot Hot)
--UNC freshman running back Gio Bernard is looking to become the first Tar Heel to rush for over 100 yards in four straight games since Ethan Horton in 1984.
--Bernard leads all freshman runners in the country with 109.6 yards per game. Overall, he ranks third in the league and 19th in the country.
--All four of Louisville’s opponents this season have averaged fewer than 3.0 yards a carry.
--Louisville is 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 games against ACC opponents.
--Louisville is 0-2 this season against teams with two-worded nicknames (i.e., "Tar Heels"). The Cardinals fell to both Florida International (Golden panthers) and Marshall (Thundering Herd).
--Louisville leads the nation in tackles for loss, averaging nine tackles for loss per game. The defense has not allowed a 300-yard passer for 18 straight games.
--North Carolina place kicker Casey Barth will not play because of an injury.
--UNC WR Dwight Jones has had at least five receptions in eight straight games, including 11 of the last 13. Jones is third in the ACC in receptions per game (6.6) and second in receiving yards per game (102.8).
--The Cardinals have played 23 players who have made their first collegiate appearances through the first four games.
--Carolina has scored on 15 of 18 opportunities in the red zone. All 15 were touchdowns. The three chances UNC did not convert were a fourth down stop at the 2-yard line at ECU, a fumble at the 2-yard line vs. Virginia and a victory formation at the end of the Rutgers game. In 18 trips in the red zone, UNC’s opponents have scored just seven touchdowns.
-- UNC interim head coach Everett Withers was the defensive coordinator at Louisville under Ron Cooper from 1995-97.
--The 69 points and nine touchdowns surrendered by North Carolina the last time they faced Louisville (2005) are both school records.
--Louisville is 18-35-1 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but has won three straight. Their last loss was to Virginia Tech in the '06 Gator Bowl.
"We know we have a really tough challenge this week with the team that's like a tiger in the corner. We expect a very emotional, fired-up Louisville team to come in here Saturday, and we've got to do a good job both offensively and defensively in the special teams because we know that we're going to get their best. "--UNC Coach Everett Withers