Things that will irritate University of Louisville fans during Fridayâ€™s football game at Memphis:
— Coach Tommy Westâ€™s teams have a irksome habit of waiting until the last possible second to call a play, waiting to see how opposing defenses line up. He may change the play two or three times before action begins, like a baseball pitcher who keeps shaking off pitches before making a decision.
— Memphis will approach this game as they would a bowl game, seeking to prove they belong in the same league as Louisville. Expect the Tigersâ€™ adrenaline to be sky high, providing them with extraordinary energy during the early going.
— A young UofL defense may not be ready for such high levels of intensity, especially when numerous starters are playing their first road game. A couple of games in Tampa come to mind.
— Memphis has a dual threat in quarterback Arkelon Hall, who has averaged 242.7 passing yards per game and is the team’s third-leading rusher with 124 yards. Steve Kragthorpe said the Cards must contain Hall because he "manufactures plays with his feet."
— Memphis fans will pack the place, enjoying a three-game winning streak and facing an old rival. They are known for trying to intimidate players on opposing teams. UofLâ€™s Eric Wood said the Cards were peppered with ice, batteries, quarters and dimes when they played in Memphis in 2004.
— Despite the incentives for Memphis to do well, some Louisville fans will dismiss the Tigers as a lower level opponent. Kragthorpe will get no credit, whether UofL wins or loses.