USF-Louisville scouting report

By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published November 17, 2007

USF (7-3, 2-3 Big East) vs. Louisville (5-5, 2-3), 8

The Cardinals, already 79th among 120 I-A teams in defense, lost two key players this week. Starting cornerback Rod Council was suspended and defensive end Peanut Whitehead lost to a career-ending spinal condition. The Bulls should have no problem scoring, but the challenge is containing the nation's No. 7 offense led by quarterback Brian Brohm, expected to be a first-round pick. Brohm has top receivers in speedy Harry Douglas and 6-foot-6 Mario Urrutia, and they'll match up against cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams. Those two are among 15 seniors who will be honored before their final home game. Two years ago, the Bulls beat then-No. 9 Louisville 45-14 at home. But the Cardinals returned the favor last year 31-8 in Kentucky. USF defensive end George Selvie leads the nation with 141/2 sacks, and his 301/2 tackles for loss are 11/2 fewer than the NCAA record set by Western Michigan's Jason Babin in 2003. (The NCAA has kept defensive records only since 2000.) A crowd of 50,000-plus is expected, giving the Bulls the four largest home crowds in their history this season. Parking lots open at 3.