Eighth-ranked Louisville hasn't been challenged, using its first five opponents to prepare for stiffer competition.
It's time to see if that strategy pays off.
On Thursday, the Cardinals (5-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) square off against high-scoring Rutgers (4-1, 1-0).
After allowing 34 total points, Louisville's defense must stop a Scarlet Knights offense averaging 40 per game and coming off a 55-52, triple-overtime victory at Southern Methodist. While the Cardinals' offense has shown it can score in bunches, keeping up with Rutgers in a shootout could be tough if leading receiver DeVante Parker can't play because of a right shoulder injury.
Rutgers has been a tough out for Louisville. The last six meetings between the schools have been decided by three points or less, including Louisville's 20-17 win last season.
''It's going to be a good test for us,'' Louisville coach Charlie Strong said Monday. ''If our guys take the time and put in the time and understand just ho...