LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As the Louisville Cardinals prepare to play the Syracuse Orange on the road Friday night, there are a few things to consider.
A key to Dino Baber's offense is the fast tempo, quick pace. The Orange doesn't give its opponents a lot of time to set up defensively before snapping the ball.
They move the ball so fast, in fact, that head coach Bobby Petrino mentioned looking into the legality of it. He says the team snaps the ball before the down markers are even moved.
The hope is to catch defenses off guard and in unorganized positions. The hurry-up offense can also lead to lack of communication, something Louisville is heavily focused on preventing this week.
"It's the way you prepare for it. That's what we're doing, preparing very well for it," junior defensive lineman Chris Williams said. "You know, Coach Petrino and the boys are doing a great job with the sound systems in practice getting us ready for the noise. The scout team is doing a great job getting us ready for the tempo."
The scout team is tasked with replicating Syracuse's fast tempo this week in practice but defensive coordinator Todd Grantham says his side of the ball has seen this style of play before.
"It's college football. We've played fast teams before and we'll play them again," Grantham said. "I mean, it's the way college football is so we understand that. We know as soon as we make a tackle we need to get lined up and go play so we'll deal with it."
It's also important to note that Grantham's defense faces a fast offense with Lamar Jackson at the helm every day in practice.
"We're used to the quick tempo and fast pace play," red-shirt junior linebacker Stacy Thomas said.
Syracuse played Colgate at home last Friday, beating the Raiders 33-7.
"I think they're good at what they do, and they've improved," Grantham said. "They're obviously excited about this system and what they're doing so we know we have to play."
Grantham also noted that Syracuse poses a much bigger threat to his defense than the Charlotte 49ers did.
"I thought we played better as the game went along," he said. "You know, we cleaned up a couple run fits after the first series, which I thought was good, and I thought our conditioning was good from the stand point of we weren't gassed."
"Obviously, we're going to face a stiffer opponent this week that has a dynamic game. We understand we need to play and anytime you play on the road in this league anything can happen. So, we know we need to bring our game."
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