Connecticut (4-6, 1-4 Big East) at No. 19 Louisville (9-1, 4-1), Noon

Line: Louisville by 13.

Series Record: Louisville leads 5-3.


After ending a four-game losing streak with a 24-17 win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 9, Connecticut aims to break a two-game slide against Louisville. The Cardinals look to rebound from their first loss of the season two weeks ago at Syracuse (45-26), a game in which they allowed 524 yards to the Orange, including 278 on the ground. A win helps Louisville stay within reach of first-place Rutgers in the conference.


Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater vs. Connecticut's defense. The sophomore has been stellar this season, completing nearly 71 percent of his passes for 2,858 yards and 21 touchdowns. But he faces a big challenge from Connecticut's league-leading defense. The Huskies are allowing 296.2 yards per game and rank first against the run (107.6) and the pass (188.6). But they have been generous at times and allowed 302 yards and 17 unanswered points by Pittsburgh.


Connecticut: DE Trevardo Williams. The senior has a league-best 8.5 sacks this season and his career total of 27.5 rank eighth all-time in the Big East.

Louisville: RB Jeremy Wright. The junior thrived while alternating series with Senorise Perry, rushing for 680 yards and nine touchdowns. Perry has a team-high 705 yards rushing and 11 TDs. However, Perry's torn ACL sustained against Syracuse leaves Wright as the primary ball carrier with redshirt freshman Corvin Lamb ready for his first extensive action this season.


The Huskies are coming off a bye. ... Connecticut has scored just three second-half points in its last five games. ... WR Nick Williams has scored two touchdowns on punt returns this season, including a 93-yarder against Pittsburgh. ... Louisville is coming off its second bye this season. The first one was Oct. 6. The Cardinals are 2-1 following open weeks under coach Charlie Strong. ... Louisville is 9-3 after losses under Strong and has lost two or more straight games just twice in his tenure. ... Thirteen seniors will be playing their final game for the Cardinals, who are 0-2 on senior day under Strong.