Charlie Strong is well aware that Louisville has lost ten consecutive conference road games. Heading into Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh, Strong is putting a huge emphasis on stopping the run.
“We will see exactly where we stand as a football team. We’ll see exactly who we are, what we’re made of. Anytime you go on the road, you have to pack your defense, you have to pack your togetherness, and you have to go compete. If we're going to get this program where we want to, you have to go play well on the road.”
“I think what helped this team was going out to Oregon State and playing on the road. We’ve lost 10 straight road games within the conference, so we need to do something. You have to play well on defense. Defense allows you to take the crowd out of the game.”
“Not only will Pitt’s offensive balance pose a tough challenge for the Louisville defense, but Strong knows Pitt is stout against the run.”
Strong added, “Against the run, they are #1 in the conference and #9 in the country in stopping the run. Only two teams have rushed for over 100 yards against them, Miami and Utah.”
“We have been very competitive in each game this year. It keeps going back to how well our seniors have responded. I don’t know how good we are, but we just need to continue to get better.”
Kick-off on Saturday is set for 12 pm EST. Louisville is 4-3 in Strong’s first season as head coach. The Cardinals will finish at Pitt, at Syracuse, USF, West Virginia, at Rutgers.