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    The University of Louisville football team is trying to forget Florida State.

    The Cardinals are collectively trying to put last week’s 42-31 loss - in which they led 21-0 - to the reigning national champion behind them as they head into another Atlantic Coast Conference game this weekend. Louisville (6-3, 4-3) will try to bounce back at Boston College (6-3, 3-2) in a big Atlantic Division game at 7:15 p.m. Saturday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

    “We (have to) keep that from carrying on, it’s just motivation,” junior safety Jermaine Reve said. “We’ve seen how well we can play. We’ve seen how good we can be in one half, and we’ve seen ourselves not play up to our potential in the second half. It all comes from dedication and things like that. So that’s a testament for our defense, to come out and respond and show that we really are the best defense (in the country).”

    UofL’s defense, which is still third against the run and sixth in total D in the FBS despite the loss to FSU, will likely be put to the test by the Eagles, especially given the fact that standout linebacker/defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin will miss the game due to injuries. BC boasts the ninth-best rushing attack (274.9 yards per game) in the nation. The Eagles are led by dual-threat quarterback Tyler Murphy. The senior has thrown for 1,144 yards and eight touchdowns (against six interceptions) and run for 965 yards (he averages a whopping 7.4 yards per carry) and nine TDs. Stopping Murphy will be the main objective for the Cards.

    “He is a talented individual who has done a great job where he is now, but at the end of the day it comes down to us getting lined up and playing with effort and energy, (and doing) the things we need to do to be successful,” UofL defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said.

    Here’s what else there is to watch, and/or follow, in UofL sports this weekend: 

    • The ninth-ranked men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams host North Carolina in its inaugural ACC dual this weekend at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. The meet begins at 5 p.m. Friday and continues at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

    • Senior men’s tennis standout

      Sebastian Stiefelmeyer

      is competing in the

      USTA

      /

      ITA

      National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

      Stiefelmeyer, t

      he top seed in the tourney, defeated Auburn’s Lukas

      Ollert

      6-4, 6-3 in his first-round match Thursday. He’ll face Virginia’s Ryan Shane in Friday’s Round of 16.

    • The volleyball team (14-9, 6-5) plays a pair of ACC road matches. The Cards, who have won four of their last six matches, play at Miami (Fla.) at 7 p.m. Friday night before traveling to South Bend,

      Ind

      . to play at Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

    • The men’s basketball team plays its second, and final, exhibition game at 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon against

      Bellarmine

      University. The Knights will have a little extra help against the Cards.

    • The No. 19 men’s soccer team (8-6-3, 4-2-1), which is seeded sixth, plays at second-ranked, and second-seeded, North Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal match at Chapel Hill, N.C. 

    • The eighth-ranked field hockey team, which lost 2-1 to Wake Forest in the ACC Championship quarterfinals on Thursday, awaits its postseason fate. The NCAA Tournament selection will take place at 10 p.m. Sunday night.

    Photo courtesy University of Louisville Football Facebook Page

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