LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - UofL is off to a 3-0 start and the Cards have climbed to #7 in the Associated Press poll, but their schedule continues to be a talking point.
They do not face a team currently ranked in the top 25.
"What happened with your schedule, you would always like to have one of those top opponents, and you would love to, you would love to have played an early game where you could have got one of those top opponents, because when you feel like you have a good football team, it's what you would like to see happen for your program," UofL head coach Charlie Strong said. "Not only for the program, just everyone that is involved with the program, within the city. We didn't get that opportunity, so now I just tell them all the time, guys it's all about us playing against ourselves, so let's just make sure that we don't slip. If we don't slip, then at the end of the year, we'll just let it be where it is and see how it falls."
Up next for UofL is 0-3 Florida International. The Panthers rank 119th in the nation in rushing offense, 122nd in total offense. They lost 34-13 at home to Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. FIU averages just 7.7 points per game and 191 yards of total offense.
"A lot of it is not by design," UofL vice president of athletics Tom Jurich said. "A lot of it is things we couldn't help. We lost Boise State, we lost San Diego State, we thought we were going to be playing T.C.U. this year. We lost those games, all in a very small, short period of time, and then we went out and beat Florida, and after that, it was very difficult to get anybody to play you."
There was some talk of an early season matchup with #1 Alabama, but that too fell through.
Central Florida (3-0) is coming off a 34-31 win at Penn State, and the Knights could be ranked when they visit Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 18. Central Florida visits #12 South Carolina on Saturday, September 28.
Watching the top teams every week, and knowing that you have to stay perfect to get your shot, is something that motivates the UofL players.
"It drives us every week because you know, you've got to win every game if you want to do that," UofL linebacker Preston Brown said. "So we've got to start with FIU this week and just try to keep the momentum rolling."
The Cards host the Panthers at 12 p.m. Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
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