Strong: UNC 'outstanding challenge' for Cards

Charlie Strong

The University of Louisville football team puts a 2-0 record on the line this weekend when the Cardinals host North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. U of L coach Charlie Strong talked about the game on Monday.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong was asked during his weekly media conference is he felt his team deserved its No. 19 ranking.

And Strong just shook his head and laughed.

"I really don't know where we are at this point," Strong said.

But the third-year U of L head coach added that he expects to find out on Saturday when the Cardinals host North Carolina (1-1) at 3:30 p.m.

"We will find out exactly where we are as a team and the steps we need to continue to make to get this program headed in the right direction," Strong said. "We're excited about the challenge.

"(North Carolina) is an outstanding challenge for us."

Strong and defensive lineman Brandon Dunn said the Tar Heels, who lost to Wake Forest last weekend, would be the most physical team the Cardinals have faced during the young season.

"It's going to be a big challenge for us this week," Dunn said.

It's the second year in a row the two teams have met. North Carolina won 14-7 last season in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The game will pit Strong against a former co-worker. New UNC coach Larry Fedora spent two seasons on the staff at Florida with Strong. The two also met two years ago when U of L beat Southern Mississippi – then coached by Fedora – 31-28 in the Beef O' Brady's Bowl.

In wins over Kentucky and Missouri State, the Cardinals are averaging 33.5 points and allowing just 10.5 points a game. The Cardinals are averaging 470,5 yards of total offense, including 295.5 passing.

The game will be seen regionally on ABC.

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