#25 Louisville Looks to Stay Hot Heading into Governor’s Cup Thursday, Nov 24 2022 

By Jason Krell

Less than two months ago, there was doubt surrounding the Louisville football team wondering if head coach Scott Satterfield was still the right guy to lead this team. A 34-33 loss to Boston College didn’t give fans a whole lot of hope that the season could be turned around. With their backs against the wall, the Cards rallied to win 5 of their next 6 games with their only loss coming to #12 Clemson on the road who currently has the nation’s longest home winning streak.

Two of their five wins since the Boston College loss were against ranked opponents; #10 Wake Forest and #24 N.C. State. The Cards’ defense has been nothing short of resilient since their wake-up call. Senior Yasir Abdullah has been the heart and soul of this defense and will likely be a contender for ACC defensive player of the year.

A Showdown in Lexington

The Cardinals now prep for their most anticipated matchup of the season as they travel down I-64 to Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats. Since the bye week, the Cats are just 1-3 with their one win being against Missouri. With recent losses to Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Georgia, it is still unsure how they’ll respond given the recent struggles of starting quarterback Will Levis.

The Cardinals open as a 3-point underdog to the unranked Wildcats (which, if this game were played at Cardinal Stadium, I’m sure the numbers would be flipped). Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham aims to return to action this week and snap their 3-game losing streak to Kentucky and solidify themselves as the superior team in the state. A year ago, the Cardinals suffered a brutal loss on their own field to the Wildcats 52-21. Now, with one of the premier defenses in the ACC, the Cards look to keep their momentum going into this game.

Lots on the Line

The biggest key to the game will be Louisville keeping their composure and not getting themselves too worked up, as we saw last year. “I think anytime you get overly emotional in a situation like this, it takes away from the play. We have to worry about us, we have to worry about our guys and play for the ones beside you,” Head Coach Scott Satterfield said in his weekly press conference.

This will be one of the most anticipated rivalry matchups of the year as both teams have lots to prove. For Kentucky, the belief that Will Levis is still worth a top 10 NFL draft pick and the Wildcats are deserving of a spot in the discussion as one of the premier SEC teams. For the Cards- to show the nation that Scott Satterfield has what it takes to be in the upper echelon of coaches in college football and that they’re deserving of a top-tier bowl game.

The annual Governor’s Cup matchup will take place on Saturday, November 26th at 3:30 pm on the SEC Network.

Photo Courtesy // Taris Smith, Louisville Athletics //

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Post Panther pummel, Louisville defense desires to down Demon Deacons Wednesday, Oct 26 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Head coach Scott Satterfield clearly meant it when he said in a previous press conference he would be paying special attention to the defense, as it was the shining star in Louisville football’s 24-10 win against Pittsburgh. The Cardinals pulled off a must-needed win, furthering their chance at a post-season bowl game.

A huge credit towards Saturday’s win includes the Card’s battle for turnovers. The defense had four takeaways compared to Pitt’s one, allowing just 10 points on 32 minutes of possession.

The offense, however, seemed very stagnant at times- only being able to muster up one touchdown in the first half, and compiling a season-low of 312 yards of total offense. 

Senior linebacker Yasir Abdullah had the performance of the game, tallying seven tackles, two tackles for a loss, an interception, and a sack that resulted in a scoop and score. 

It should surprise no one that Abdullah snagged All-ACC Linebacker of the Week honors, too. 

A Dual Threat School?

Something we saw Saturday that we haven’t seen before is somewhat of a revolving door at the quarterback position – second-string Brock Domann logged playing time in three different quarters Saturday.

Head coach Scott Satterfield was questioned about the quarterback situation going forward in his press conference Tuesday, October 25th, saying “I anticipate both guys probably playing throughout the rest of the season. Last week, they both did a great job in practice of getting ready to play mentally, that’s the biggest key, and I think that will happen again this week.”

Not a terrible thing to have two quarterbacks ready for all the game situations we head into more significant games.

Dissecting the Demon Deacons

The Cards are set back at home Saturday, October 30th against No. 10 Wake Forest. 

The Demon Deacons have only lost one game this season- a close overtime loss to Clemson. This is another huge opportunity for head coach Scott Satterfield to show he can keep up with the most efficient offense in the nation.

The Cards have always played the Demon Deacons tightly ever since joining the ACC (they’re currently up all-time 6-3). Card Nation needs to come out and be loud and create a hostile environment for Deacons to play in.

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