No. 19 Louisville prepares for North Carolina

Associated Press Modified: September 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm •  Published: September 10, 2012
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After opening with two dominant victories, No. 19 Louisville expects a tougher test from North Carolina.

The Cardinals seek their first 3-0 start since 2006, a season that culminated in their only Bowl Championship Series victory against Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl. That postseason scenario is a long way off. Louisville first wants to make sure victories against in-state rival Kentucky and FCS-member Missouri State are true indicators of how good the Cardinals can be.

Not only are the Tar Heels (1-1) a good measuring stick, they're the Cardinal's last home game before a three-game road stretch at FIU, Southern Mississippi and Pittsburgh.

So Louisville coach Charlie Strong has more than enough to motivate his team for the Big East-Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.