USF’s last outdoor Big East win came at Louisville in 2010, ending a run of three straight losses there. The biggest battle for the Bulls (2-4, 0-2) will be trying to stop the running game. The Cardinals (6-0, 1-0) have rushed for 17 touchdowns, six more than any other Big East team. USF has the league’s worst rush defense, allowing an average of 173.5 yards and a conference-high 12 touchdowns. Louisville backs Senorise Perry (559 yards, nine TDs) and Jeremy Wright (450 yards, six TDs) are among the conference’s top six rushers.
Watch out for … To win, USF likely needs to end its drought of four games without a defensive takeaway; the Bulls are still without an interception this year. Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater didn’t throw any in his first four games but had three combined in games against Florida International and Southern Miss . Pressure at the line of scrimmage is a key to setting up interceptions.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer