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11:29 am
Fri November 23, 2012

College Football: Cards Need Win to Keep Conference Title Hopes Alive

The University of Louisville football team plays its home finale tomorrow against Connecticut.

Coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals need a victory over the 4-6 Huskies to keep their Big East Conference title hopes alive going into their last regular season game at league-leading Rutgers.

"It’s not what anyone is going to do to us, it’s what we’re going to do ourselves. What’s key for us is just our effort, our preparation heading into these next two games and just making sure that we are mentally and physically locked in," Strong said this week.

Thirteen U of L seniors will be honored before the UConn game. Center Mario Benavides will be among those bidding farewell to fans.

The Texas native has battled back from several major injuries during his collegiate career. He hopes to be remembered as being tough and a team leader.

"Despite my multiple surgeries, I’ve still started more games than most people who came through here. I would like to think that I’ve upheld the standard that’s been set before me," Benavides said.

The 18th ranked Cards are 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the Big East coming off their first defeat of the season at Syracuse. Saturday's kickoff is at noon.

The Kentucky Wildcats play their final game Saturday afternoon at Tennessee. Indiana finishes the season at Purdue.