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CRAWFORD | Louisville at Notre Dame: 24-hour countdown

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fans from Louisville are already starting their treks to South Bend, Ind., this afternoon, and many more will hit the road tomorrow morning. Here are a few items by way of countdown for Saturday's game between the University of Louisville and Notre Dame.

Twenty-four hours away, twenty-four notes:

24 -- Number of times, in 123 games, that Notre Dame has lost its home finale. (Also, nearly, the number of karat gold flakes used in painting Notre Dame's helmets. The flakes were collected when the Golden Dome on campus was regilded.)

23 -- Number of third downs U of L has converted in five road games this season, in 77 attempts, or 29.9 percent. It's a number that will have to improve if it hopes to win its final road game of the season.

22 -- Seasons in which Notre Dame's football team has been voted the national champion by at least one selector.

21 -- Number of points Louisville has given up on offense or special teams this season (out of 178 points allowed total). Defensively, the Cardinals are allowing just 15.7 points per game.

20 -- Number of first-time Notre Dame opponents to beat the Irish. Notre Dame has a record of 119-20-3 when facing an opponent for the first time. Louisville will be the 143rd opponent in Notre Dame history.

19 -- The Cardinals and Fighting Irish will next meet in 2019 in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

18 -- Number of scores the Cardinals have given up in the Red Zone this season -- 10 touchdowns and eight field goals. The Cards rank fifth in overall red zone defense with opponents scoring on only 69.2 percent of trips inside the U of L 20-yard line. They score touchdowns just 35.5 percent of the time, third-best in FBS.

17 -- Louisville's national rank in total time of possession this season, 329 minutes, 14 seconds. Their time of possession per game, 32:55.40, ranks 11th nationally.

16 -- Touchdown passes this season for Louisville quarterbacks (with just four interceptions). U of L, as a team, leads the nation with 22 interceptions.

15 -- Number of former U of L players currently on NFL rosters. The Cardinals had four players drafted last season, three in the first round. Notre Dame has 32 players on NFL rosters.

14 -- Louisville will play in a bowl this postseason for the 14th time in the past 17 seasons.

13 -- Number of TD catches this season for Notre Dame sophomore wideout Will Fuller, who is tied for the FBS lead.

12 -- Number of unbeaten and untied seasons in Notre Dame history. Ten other seasons have ended with either one loss or a tie.

11 -- Victories for Louisville under Bobby Petrino in games following a loss. The Cardinals have lost only once following a loss under Petrino, when the team suffered back-to-back losses to TCU and Memphis in 2003.

10 -- Overtime games Louisville has played since the NCAA instituted its overtime rule in 1996. Bobby Petrino is 0-2 in overtime games at Louisville.

9 -- Number of teams, out of 72, to come away with a victory in Notre Dame Stadium in their first trip to South Bend. They are, USC (1931), Texas (1934), Missouri (1972), No. 14 Clemson (1979), No. 20 Florida State (1981), Connecticut (2009), Tulsa (2010) and USF (2011). Purdue (1933), Michigan (1942) and Penn State (1982) also won their first games at Notre Dame Stadium, but previously had played the Irish at Cartier Field.

8 -- Louisville's national ranking in sacks, with 33 on the season. The Cardinals are led in sacks by Sheldon Rankins with 7. Lorenzo Mauldin is right behind him with 6 1/2, but missed the Cards' last game with a hamstring injury. Petrino says he hopes to have him back for Saturday's game.

7 -- National ranking of Notre Dame QB Everett Golson in touchdown passes. He has 27 on the season.

6 -- Number of catches per game for senior wideout DeVante Parker since his return to the Cardinals from a broken foot four games ago. Dating back to last season, he now has five straight 100-yard receiving games.

5 -- The jersey number worn by Louisville native Paul Horning during his playing days at Notre Dame. Hornung played quarterback, left halfback, fullback and safety for Notre Dame, where he became the only player for a losing team ever to be voted Heisman Trophy winner (in 1956). A basketball letterman who averaged 6.1 points per game as a sophomore, Hornung led the football team with 1,337 total yards as a senior, and accounted for more than half the team's yardage and 67 third- and fourth-down conversions in his junior and senior seasons combined. He'll be in attendance at Saturday's game to help with the coin toss before the game.

4 -- Number of teams in the nation who have forced fewer fumbles this season than Louisville. As good as the Cardinals' defense has been, it has forced just four fumbles in 10 games, ranking No. 118 in FBS.  Still, U of L opponents have fumbled eight times overall this season, with the Cards recovering three.

3 -- Number of points Notre Dame is favored by in a consensus of Las Vegas odds provided by VegasInsider.com. The Irish opened as a 9-point favorite.

2 -- Louisville's rank in total defense in road games only. The Cards are giving up an average of just 259.2 yards in five road games this season; only Penn State has a lower average. The Cards also are tied for third in scoring defense in road games -- giving up just 14.8 points per game away from home.

1 -- National rank in interceptions for sophomore safety Gerrod Holliman, who has 13, just one shy of tying the NCAA record set by Washington's Al Worley in 1968. Holliman is only the eleventh player in NCAA history to have 12 or more interceptions in a season. Only 15 teams have more interceptions than Holliman's season total. Notre Dame has 15 interceptions as a team and ranks 10th nationally.

0 -- Number of non-Football Bowl Subdivision opponents Notre Dame has faced since 1978. The only other programs to do that -- USC and UCLA.

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