Cards still searching for respect at 9-0

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The University of Louisville football team is still perfect after nine games but the Cardinals are not getting a ton of respect nationally. U of L coach Charlie Strong is using the respect card as motivation for his team.

Junior running back Jeremy Wright said the University of Louisville football team watches some sort of highlight video before each game.

On Saturday, Wright didn't like what U of L coach Charlie Strong had to show the team before a 45-17 victory over Temple.

Strong threw in a clip of ESPN's Game Day analysts and other personalities from the four-letter network and they weren't giving the Cardinals any love.

Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he was ready to turn it off after one comment, noting the Cardinals didn't deserve to be in the same conversation with the other undefeated teams in the country.

Senior cornerback Adrian Bushell notes it "got under our skins."

"He showed us a couple of clips that I wasn't happy with at all," Wright said. "It's definitely motivation to go out and show everybody what we can really do."

Added Bridgewater: "It just showed us a lack of respect."

U of L started slow – giving up a 93-yard kickoff return to open the game and did trail 14-7 – but kicked into gear and steamrolled the Owls.

The Cardinals are now 9-0 for the first time in school history and one of just six teams in the country that are undefeated. U of L is ranked No. 10.

"The lack of respect keeps us with a chip on our shoulders, like we have to come out and prove something every week," Bushell said. "We just want to keep winning and keep getting better. That's all we're worried about."

But the lack of respect seems to be getting to the U of L players. The Cardinals play at Syracuse next week prior to an off week before the final two games of the season against Connecticut and Rutgers.

"The video was all about the naysayers," Bridgewater said. "It's just something that adds fuel to our fire, gives us a little chip. One guy didn't even mention us as an undefeated team, things like that just keep us motivated.

"We're not all the way there yet, but we're a good team. When we make the plays look like the drawings, then we can be really good."

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