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College Football
Preview
Houston at Louisville
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 16, 2013
Where: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky

With an automatic BCS bid on the line, most November games in the American Athletic Conference are big ones, including Saturday's contest between No. 13 Louisville and visiting Houston. The winner of this matchup and once-beaten Cincinnati likely will be the only teams with a chance to overtake Central Florida, which is unbeaten in conference play. "I always talk about November, and that is when championships are won," Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. "There is a lot of football still left to be played. We just have to make sure we take care of business."

The Cougars, like the Cardinals, lost a close game to Central Florida, whose four remaining opponents have an 11-22 combined record entering this week's games. Both still have to play Cincinnati, which does not face Central Florida this season. "Another great challenge this week in another great program in Louisville," Houston coach Tony Levine said. "I've got a great deal of respect for Charlie Strong and his staff, who've done a great job in a relatively short time."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Louisville -15.5

ABOUT HOUSTON (7-2, 4-1 AAC): The Cougars are a decided underdog on the road, despite losing at Central Florida by just five points last week. Freshman quarterback John O'Korn didn't play exceptionally well against the Knights, so as he goes, so does Houston. "Going into Louisville, again they sell out regardless who they are playing, so we know its going to be a great crowd and another opportunity to get exposure on national television," Levine said. "Our kids are thriving off of that."

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (8-1, 4-1 AAC): Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has played well in every game this season, and that's not likely to change against a Cougar defense ranked 30th in points allowed. Strong knows what his quarterback can do, but he believes there are similarities between what Central Florida and Houston do on offense. "They are going to run the zone read, and they are always going to have an outlet for the quarterback where they can throw the ball to the outside," he said. "They count numbers, and if you don't, the ball is going to come to the outside."

EXTRA POINTS

1. The series is tied at seven wins apiece, with each team winning four times at home.

2. The Cougars lead the nation with a plus-21 turnover margin, while the Cardinals are second at plus-14.

3. Of the 64 scoring drives by the Cougars, 30 were completed in less than two minutes.

PREDICTION: Louisville 23, Houston 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Houston 7-2 L1 38.1 22.0 3-1 4-1 5-2 0-0 4-1
Louisville 8-1 W2 38.4 10.6 4-1 4-0 4-0 0-0 4-1
Last Meeting
Houston Louisville
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/20/04 LOU 65 HOU 27 446 71 375 666 242 424
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Houston K. Kolb 65.9 375 2 1
Louisville S. LeFors 81.8 317 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Houston A. Evans 20 80 4.0 1
Louisville E. Shelton 16 87 5.4 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Houston V. Marshall 8 152 19.0 1
Louisville J. Tinch 5 148 29.6 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Houston A. Evans 1
Louisville E. Shelton 3
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Houston J. O'Korn 63.1 2352 23 6
Louisville T. Bridgewater 71.4 2845 24 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Houston R. Jackson 110 543 4.9 5
Louisville D. Brown 84 513 6.1 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Houston D. Greenberry 70 1042 14.9 9
Louisville D. Copeland 39 569 14.6 4
Touchdowns Player TD
Houston D. Greenberry 9
Louisville D. Parker 8
Quickchart Matchup
Houston Off vs  Louisville Def
470.2 yards
244 yards
4.5 yards/rush
2.6 yards/rush
8 yards/attempt
6.1 yards/attempt
Louisville Off vs  Houston Def
481.2 yards
426.7 yards
4.5 yards/rush
3.6 yards/rush
10.1 yards/attempt
7.3 yards/attempt