UofL FOOTBALL | An FCS school beating an FBS school isn't common, but it does happen

09/25/2015 06:30 AM

On Saturday, Louisville will host the Samford Bulldogs. The incentives for an FCS school to schedule these matchups against powerhouse conferences is typically financially motivated. The schools get a nice fat check.

But that means nothing to the Samford football team. They have one incentive coming into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday night, and that’s getting a win.

The Louisville Football team is the not-so-proud owner of a win-less record through their first three games, but they hope the smaller Samford University is the opponent that helps get that first win out of the way.

If the Bulldogs do pull off the upset, it will be part of an increasingly common David beats Goliath narrative. This year alone we have seen upsets by Fordham University over Army, Kansas fall to South Dakota State, and Furman University take down Central Florida. An FCS victory over an FBS school is no longer outside the realms of possibility.

Samford is a pass-heavy offense that is averaging over 500 yards of total offense this season. They have a running back tandem in Denzel Williams and K’rondis Larry who put up over 60 yards on the ground per game, and a receiving corp that pulls in just shy of 70 percent of every ball quarterback Michael Eubank lets fly.

We brought in the voice of the Samford Bulldogs, Mike Grace, to cn|2 Sports to tell us more about Bulldog strong suits, and what players to keep an eye this weekend.

We also talked to Mike about Samford’s offensive approach, and the additional benefits of FCS vs FBS matchups. Check out the full interview below:

UofL and Samford kickoff Saturday night at 6:00pm ET.

Garrett Moore

Garrett joined cn|2 as Sports Producer in July 2015. Garrett is a Kentucky native who has been enveloped by Kentucky sports culture his entire life. He is excited to contribute to the cn|2 team by covering sports in the state he loves. Outside the office, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and being a sports spectator at every level.


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