Jeff Brohm is in just his first season as the Louisville head coach, back again for the first time since he serves as the Cardinals’ associate head coach and offensive coordinator, and it’s safe to say that expectations are high through six games.
Louisville, fresh off a huge win over No. 10 Notre Dame, enters the second half of its schedule on the road at Acrisure Stadium. At 6-0 and likely inside — or just about there — the top 20, it will be a game the Cards will be expected to win — and one that Pitt will need to play spoiler.
The game will be broadcast on The CW Network, Pitt’s second time on the CW Network, and the broadcast crew will be revealed on Monday. It’s yet another non-noon kick.
Louisville is the only ACC team currently sitting at 6-0, with wins over Georgia Tech, Boston College and North Carolina State in conference, and now, a big top-10 win over the Fighting Irish, it’s a Cardinals’ squad that suddenly in the conference mix.
It’s Brohm’s first season as the Cards’ head coach, and former Purdue and Cal quarterback Jack Plummer has gotten off to a strong start this season — throwing for 1,550 yards and 12 touchdowns — but it’s Jawhar Jordan who leads the ACC in rushing — and he racked up 143 yards and two scores against Notre Dame.
Pitt has not been good in stopping the run at times this season, and that was on display against Virginia Tech over the weekend, so it will be a tough test for the Panthers.
Pitt is 10-9 all-time against Louisville, dating back to a 27-6 win in the first meeting in 1976. It’s been a series of runs all-time. Pitt won the first four meetings; Louisville won the next seven meetings between 1990-2007 and Pitt has won six of the last eight meetings.
Pitt won the second most recent matchup 23-20 in 2020, a performance in which Kenny Pickett threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns and the defense forced three Cunningham interceptions. But Louisville won last season’s matchup in Louisville off a poor performance from Kedon Slovis.
Louisville currently sits at the top of the conference while Pitt sits at the bottom, only ahead of Virginia, which is due to the fact UVa has lost five games to Pitt’s four. With an extra game played.
Louisville now is firmly in the mix, as the Cardinals have three ACC wins, with Florida State, North Carolina and Duke at the top of the conference.
Pitt has already lost t0 UNC, and FSU and Duke are still on the schedule in the month of November, but there’s a serious opportunity to come with the Cardinals. And it will come in Christian Veilleux’s fist start at Pitt.