|Posted on November 18, 2017 at 3:35 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Louisville Cardinals have tripped and tumbled down to the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Atlantic Division this season, but they have since risen up.
In their four losses this season, Louisville has given up no less than 39 points, and over 40 points in three of those four games.
But, the Cardinals have found their wings late here in the season to rise above the bleak bottom of the division, achieving a road win over the Florida State Seminoles and at home versus the Virginia Cavaliers most recently.
Those two victories have gotten Louisville to bowl eligibility at 6-4, relieving some pressure with two games to play.
Their next match-up pits them against the Syracuse Orange and their head coach Dino Babers.
The Bobby Petrino-led Cardinals' first game versus the Babers-led Orange resulted in a 62-28 win last season for the Cardinals.
Despite that convincing victory, Petrino has found respect for what Babers is working to do with the Orange. "He's a great coach," said Petrino. "He's got a philosophy about going fast, and they stick to it and do it really well. They are going to challenge our conditioning and challenge our ability to get lined up quickly."
Switching focus to his offense and his quarterback, junior and reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, Petrino discussed whether seeing Wake Forest Demon Deacons' quarterback John Wolford gaining 363 passing yards and three passing touchdowns to go with 136 rushing yards and three touchdowns versus Syracuse showed an advantage for Jackson in their upcoming game against the Orange. "I don't know about that because it seems like all year long that people have come in with a different game plan than they have utilized for Lamar," Petrino offered. "So we have to be able to recognize it and adjust and see the different things that they are going to try to do."
"Lamar has been very good at it," Petrino shared on his quarterback reacting to defenses trying to stop him. "He does a nice job of really understanding the fronts and coverages and who they are trying to pressure with. It's just a situation where we need to be aggressive early and we will have to make some adjustments as the game goes on."