Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- After spending the off week getting back to fundamentals and getting in extra reps for some of the younger guys, Charlie Strong and staff are back to getting their team prepared for a game they should win by a lot. Louisville will be a 30+ point favorite when they visit Temple Saturday in Philadelphia. The latest College Football Power rankings have the winless Owls listed at number 100 in the country, three spots worse than the Florida International team that left Papa John's Cardinal Stadium with a 72-0 defeat to the Cardinals on September 21st.
"You have to tell them that it is all about us and all about our preparation," said Strong. "It is all about going to be the best. If you are going to be the best team, you are going to have to play like it. The leadership of the team has to take over the team now. What is critical is that guys have to understand that we might be the best team, but we have to play the best on game day."
When asked whether Strong is concerned about his players getting complacent, the fourth-year head coach continued. "The standard has been raised here, so let's make sure that we don't lower our standard and don't play down to the level of our competition. If we think we're better, then let's go out and show everyone that we're better. Now, if we don't and just mess around for four quarters, then we're going to go out without the focus and have the chance to lose a football game, but it's all about us too preparing. As a coaching staff, how we prepare our players to go play."
Louisville enters the game ranked 14th nationally in total offense versus 94th for Temple. The Cardinals are 3rd in total defense to Temple's 120th.
The players say they have heard plenty in recent weeks about last years's stumbles against Syracuse and Connecticut. They are trying to treat every week like a Super Bowl to avoid taking a step back.
"They coach us so hard, said Senior Defensive Tackle Brandon Dunn. "It's the simplest things. Coach Bedford or Coach Hurtt will coach us up about getting off blocks or staying in our gaps. It's just a family camaraderie. We all want to be perfect."
That desire extends to the other side of the ball as well.
"We've had some pretty good games but we haven't done everything perfect which is something that we strive for as an offense, said Junior Offensive Tackle Jamon Brown. "We push for perfection. We do have a pretty solid team but we can get a lot better."
The 7th-ranked Cardinals will try to continue that push for perfection Saturday at Noon when they take on the Owls at Lincoln Financial Field.
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