-Southern Miss leads the series 18-10-1; Louisville has won 5 straight
-TV: Game will be televised on CBS Sports Network (Insight 531 and 968 HD locally)
-James Bates, Aaron Taylor, and Evan Washburn will call the action
-Louisville is favored by 10.5
Odds and Ends
-USM is having a “Blackout” promotion for the game tonight
-USM gives up an average of 473 yards per game, including 369 rushing yards to WKU last week
-Desmond Johnson leads the Golden Eagles in rushing with 165 yards
-Tracy Lampley leads USM in receiving with 5 catches for 82 yards
-Freshman QB Blake Lloyd will get the start for USM after their first and second string signal callers went down
-UofL scores 33.5 points per game; USM 17
Can the Cards play a complete game? That’s the question the fans and players are asking themselves going into the 8 o’clock match-up tonight. This game is tailor-made for Louisville to get things going on both sides of the ball early and often. Expect a steady dose of Perry and Wright all night long as the Cards will try to impose their running will on them like the Hilltoppers did a week ago. The running the game should open up the field for Teddy to get back on track throwing the ball. Look for wideouts Andrell Smith and DeVante Parker to have big games tonight.
Can the front four get better pressure on the QB? The huge elephant in the room was discussed at length by the coaches and players this week and on our show. It seems like Coach Hurtt is using some of his motivational tools again to get this group playing at the level we thought they would be from day one. The defense needs to play a complete game as well – as they got to the QB during the FIU game, but didn’t wrap up. That was after the first three games of facing up-tempo no huddle offenses where the Cards barely got pressure at all.
Focus, focus, focus. This has been lacking from a continual standpoint all year. The players won’t face the distractions of playing in front of a lot of family and friends like they did in Miami. The coaches can preach the “us against the world” mentality in this “Blackout” game in Hattiesburg. Can the Cards take them out of the game early, or will they let another inexperienced QB give them fits and keep his team in the game? UofL will have the chance to knock them – and their fans – out of the game early with huge start.
Teddy gets it going while the running game looks dominant. The defense comes to play and shuts the Golden Eagles down. The Cards give up a special teams TD, but roll, 41-17.