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Preview: #5 Louisville @ Houston

On November 17th, 2016 at 2:42 pm EST

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Thursday night, the #5 Louisville Cardinals face the Houston Cougars. The Cardinals are 9-1, while the Cougars are 8-2.

The Cardinals are 4-1 on the road this season, as their only loss came on the road at Clemson. The Cougars are 6-0 at TDECU Stadium.

Lamar Jackson running past the Boston College defense (Getty Images)

Lamar Jackson running past the Boston College defense (Getty Images)

The Cougars won last year’s meeting 34-31 on Sept. 12, 2015. Cardinals fans have to go back to Nov. 16, 2013 when they won 20-13.

In the past 10 meetings in the series, the Cardinals have won six times. Besides last year’s win, Houston won 27-10 on Nov. 30, 2002, 36-22 on Oct. 25, 1997 and 38-7 on Nov. 16, 1996.

Louisville has won their past five games since their loss to the Tigers on Oct. 1 42-36. During their win streak, they have beat the Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina State Wolfpack, Virginia Cavaliers, Boston College Eagles and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

This game is the Cardinals biggest challenge in the remaining games left on their schedule.

Houston comes into this contest with a two-game win streak. They’ve beat the UCF Golden Knights and the Tulane Green Wave.

The Cougars haven’t lost since Oct. 22 when they lost 38-16 to the SMU Mustangs. They also lost Oct. 8 to the Navy Midshipmen 46-40.

Louisville is averaging 49.6 points per game. Houston is averaging 37.6.

The Cougars are averaging 452.4 yards per contest. They’re giving up 303.3.

The Cardinals are averaging 583.2 yards per game. They’re giving up 285.2.

Lamar Jackson leads the Cardinals attack with 2,898 yards. The Heisman Trophy favorite has 27 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Jackson also has 1,334 rushing yards and an additional 19 touchdowns. James Quick has 608 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Greg Ward Jr. heads the Cougars attack with 2,608 yards. He has 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Ward Jr., like Jackson, also leads his team in rushing, as he has 429 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Linell Bonner has 774 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

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