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Louisville seeks follow-up win vs rested Florida State in ACC matchup

Game time from Louisville is 7:30 p.m.
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Posted at 3:18 PM, Sep 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-16 15:21:24-04

(AP) — Louisville seeks a third consecutive series win against well-rested Florida State on Friday night.

The host Cardinals used stingy defense and mobile quarterback Malik Cunningham to rally past Central Florida 20-14 last week and will play their second consecutive Friday game.

FSU begins Atlantic Coast Conference play after beating LSU 24-23 on Sept. 4 thanks to a blocked extra point with no time remaining.

The Seminoles boast one of the nation's top teams in pass protection along with a veteran secondary tasked with containing Cunningham.

Here is more on the Atlantic Coast Conference football matchup:

Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at Louisville (1-1, 0-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Florida State by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel.com Sportsbook.

Series: Florida State leads 16-6.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Florida State is playing for the first time since escaping LSU 24-23 on Sept. 4 with a blocked extra point with no time left. The Seminoles aim to break a two-game slide against the Cardinals, who return home after holding off UCF 20-14. Louisville seeks its first Atlantic Coast Conference win two weeks after losing at Syracuse in the opener.

KEY MATCHUP

Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham vs. FSU secondary.

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Central Florida defensive end Josh Celiscar, left, closes in on Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The mobile Cunningham rebounded from a rough outing at Syracuse with 313 yards from scrimmage at UCF, including a 43-yard touchdown run. He has passed for 8,441 of his 11,215 total yards and 62 of his 101 TDs but faces a Seminoles unit that returned every defensive backfield starter. The Seminoles rank second in the ACC in pass defense, allowing 140 yards per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis looks to build on his 260-yard, two-TD, sack-free outing against LSU.

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Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis (13) passes in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

He’s also a running threat, standing first all time among ’Noles QBs with 1,359 yards rushing and ranking 15th with 18 TDs.

Louisville safety Kenderick Duncan posted a career-best 13 tackles with 10 solos at UCF and is one of the Cardinals' best defenders. The Georgia Southern transfer has made 93 stops in 15 starts, including 76 last season.

FACTS AND FIGURES

The Seminoles are allowing an ACC-low 0.50 sacks per game, which is tied for 14th nationally.

Six players have rushed for FSU's seven TDs, including linebacker DJ Lundy, who lined up at fullback and ran for a 1-yard score against LSU.

Louisville is playing its second consecutive Friday night game. ... Cardinals TE Marshon Ford has caught a pass in 26 consecutive games.

Louisville will retire Michael Bush’s No. 19 jersey during the game. He’s eighth all time with 2,508 yards rushing and third with 39 TDs.