Rewarding as Sunday's season-opening victory against Kentucky was for No. 23 Louisville, the Cardinals didn't celebrate for long.
Louisville isn't looking past Missouri State, who trailed No. 21 Kansas State 16-9 after three quarters last week before the Wildcats scored 35 points in the fourth.
"We're not going to be complacent," running back Senorise Perry said. "We're just going to stay humble and keep working one game at a time."
Louisville's biggest concern will be shoring up a defense that gave up 373 yards to Kentucky. The Cardinals will face Bears quarterback Ashton Glaser after he threw for 257 yards.
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"It is a team that has a spread offense," Strong said, "so, they do a good job of throwing the ball around."
'Bama game homecoming for six Hilltoppers
For six players, Western Kentucky's matchup against Alabama is chance to return home and play on a stage they dreamed about as children.
"I attended, like, six Iron Bowls — Auburn-Alabama," said junior fullback Demetrius Coley of Bay Minette, Ala. "The crowd noise is just going to be unreal. I've never been on the field, but I've been in the stands. It's something everybody should experience someday."
Steelman at QB for Army
Army, the best rushing team in the nation a year ago, will open its season at San Diego State on Saturday night. The Black Knights, with former Bowling Green standout Trent Steelman at quarterback, averaged 346.5 yards rushing in 2011 and their top seven runners are back.
"We have a four-year starter at quarterback," Army Coach Rich Ellerson said. "That is good anywhere, but it's especially good at a service academy which runs the triple option. He's beyond being an experienced, good player. He's a great young leader."
Steelman, healthy again after an injury-plagued junior year, is the only player in academy history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards.