Louisville's defense as good as its offense?

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While much of the attention this week at Temple is going to revolve around trying to stop No. 7 Louisville’s vaunted offense and Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville’s  defense should not be taken for granted.  

When last seen, the Cardinals offense was putting up 72 points on 10 touchdowns against Florida International University. However, as impressive as that performance was, was it really any more impressive than what the Cardinals did defensively?

That depends on how you look at it.

Louisville completely took the passing attack out of the game, holding FIU quarterback E.J. Hilliard to just 4-of-9 passing for 27 yards. They sacked him four times, with defensive end Marcus Smith leading the way with a pair.

The Cardinals defense is as good as it gets so far and stacks up well against any in the country. They lead the country in scoring defense (6.8), are third in total defense (220.5) and ninth in rushing defense (87.5).

That doesn’t bode well for a Temple team that averages just 18.0 points per game.