Coach Mario Cristobal has studied Louisville — Saturday night’s opponent at FIU Stadium — long and hard and assessed what he saw.
“I think they ought to be ranked higher than what they are [No. 20] just from watching them on tape,” Cristobal said.
“This is a tremendous game for us, a tremendous opportunity. They’re bringing everything they’ve got. We’re bringing everything we’ve got. It will be a [hell of a] game.”
Junior running back Kedrick Rhodes will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game because of a right leg injury.
“He did a little bit [Thursday], but not too much,” Cristobal said after practice.
“Come game time, we’ll see how he feels like and what he looks like.”
• Louisville is 3-0 for the first time since 2006.
That season, the Cardinals went 8-0 before losing to Rutgers.
The Cardinals finished 12-1, including a 24-13 victory over Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl.
BILL VAN SMITH