Story lines, key players, odds, more

Louisville’s 3-0 start to the season is its best in seven years as the team continues to adjust to a new system and culture under head coach Jeff Brohm.

Despite the learning curve, the Cardinals’ offense (528.7 yards per game) ranks 10th in the country and second in the ACC, behind only Syracuse, with the team’s red zone defense tying for ninth nationally and seventh in the conference.

U of L enters Week 4 as one of seven unbeaten ACC teams. The Cardinals have a chance to add another win Saturday when they host Boston College. The Eagles have had a rough start to the year after opening the season with a 27-24 loss to Northern Illinois before barely beating Holy Cross, 31-28.

BC showed promise in Week 3 by narrowly falling, 31-29, to a Florida State team that was ranked third nationally. The Eagles head to Louisville seeking a third win over the Cardinals in four meetings.

Here are three story lines to follow ahead of Saturday’s game:

New season, new Cardinals

Louisville head coach Jeff Brohm watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Indianapolis.

Louisville went to Boston College last season as a 15 ½-point favorite and needed a conference win after losing its first two ACC games. Instead, the Cardinals, who lost starting quarterback Malik Cunningham in the contest, struggled to stop the Eagles from making big plays and fell, 34-33. Dropping to 0-3 in conference play and 2-3 on the year, U of L was at a pivotal point in the season and the program’s tenure under then-head coach Scott Satterfield.

Brohm’s unbeaten Cardinals are in a very different spot ahead of this season’s home meeting with the Eagles.

Injuries haven’t played a significant role in the team’s offense and, unlike past seasons, the Cardinals have shown they can finish close games…

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Publish date : 2023-09-18 09:15:45

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