Cincinnati-Louisville Preview Capsule

Associated Press Published: October 25, 2012
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FRIDAY

Cincinnati (5-1, 1-0 Big East) at No. 16 Cincinnati (7-0, 2-0), ESPN

Line: Louisville by 4

Series Record: Cincinnati leads 29-21-1

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Cincinnati wants to bounce back from last week's nonconference loss at Toledo and stay close to the Big East leaders. Louisville aims to stay within reach of first-place Rutgers and end a four-game losing streak to the Bearcats.

KEY MATCHUP

Cincinnati rushing game vs. Louisville run defense. The Bearcats have the Big East's best offense (467.5 yards), its top ground game (225.7 yards) and its No. 2 rusher in senior George Winn (607 yards, 4 TDs). The Cardinals counter with the conference's fourth-best defense, fifth-best against the run (125.9). The Cardinals allowed 197 yards on the ground to South Florida last week. Cincinnati will no doubt try to exploit that soft spot, while Louisville aims to shut down Winn and force Bearcats QB Munchie Legaux (53 percent completion rate) to throw.

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