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    After a loss to Clemson and a close call against Duke, Louisville may have got what it needed to enhance its postseason hopes in a 54-13 rout of North Carolina State last week. Giants Jerseys Store .Now the No. 5 Cardinals hope to keep their momentum going when they visit Virginia on Saturday (noon ET, ABC/ESPN2) at Scott Field in Charlottesville, Va.Back on the road, we have to do a good job in practice this week, got to do a good job traveling, and get up and play another noon game, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. I think our players will be excited about it.The Cardinals (6-1, 4-1 ACC) could wake up Sunday morning in a first-place tie in the ACCs Atlantic Division depending on how undefeated Clemson fares against Florida State that night, though the Cardinals still are at a disadvantage in the tiebreaker because of their loss to the Tigers.But more than getting a spot in the conference championship game, the Cardinals also are hoping impressive wins will get them consideration for one of the four spots in the College Football Playoffs.Thats not necessarily a hot topic with Petrino, however.I think it takes care of itself, he said. I dont think anyones going to care what I have to say whether were going to get in the playoffs or not. Lets go out on the field and lets try to perform very well and show the world that were a good football team and hopefully that will all take care of itself the right way.Like said before, last week I think, theres a lot of football to be played out there. Theres still a lot of things come up, theres going to upsets, and well see where were at.Nevertheless, the big win over the Wolfpack was a much-needed tonic.Quarterback Lamar Jackson continued his Heisman Trophy quest with another big game, with 355 passing yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 76 yards and another score against N.C. State.Senior tight end Cole Hikutini had a nice game as well with six catches for a career-high 118 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, junior linebacker Stacy Thomas emerged as a playmaker with two tackles for loss and his first career interception.With all the attention given to Jackson and the Cardinals scoring punch, its easy to overlook that they are the only team in the country ranked in the top 10 in total offense and total defense.I like the way our front guys are playing -- besides defeating blocks, were able to make tackles and get production, Petrino said. A lot of times as a defensive lineman its hard to get that kind of production.Defensive end Drew Bailey has 30 tackles with 5.5 for losses and tackle DeAngelo Brown has 20 with 4.5 for losses in leading Louisvilles three-man defensive front.Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall credited Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for building that success.When you have a combination of good coaches and good talent, that ends up having a lot of success and thats over the years, Louisville has done that, Mendenhall said. They have added good football coaches, and they have recruited very good talent to fit their schemes and vice versa.Mendenhalls Cavaliers (2-5, 1-2) seemed to be getting their act together after losing two of their first three games, but after posting victories over Central Michigan and Duke, they have lost to Pittsburgh and North Carolina their last two outings.Quarterback Kurt Benkert, a transfer from East Carolina, struggled in those two outings, passing for 126 yards against the Tar Heels and completing 20 of 44 passes against Pitt for 278 yards after throwing for 757 yards in the two wins.I think his development and his production has been on track to this point, Mendenhall said. And now that were playing better, better and better teams, his execution, his performance is having to climb at a more immediate pace, and thats only realistic if hes prepared for that.And so weve seen a few teams, weve seen some looks, hes beat up a little bit and thats impacted his kind of poise and patience in the pocket just a hair. Lorenzo Carter Jersey . The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka. His first stop after the layoff is the clay in Rio as he tests the back and tries to stay healthy for the French Open in three months. Giants T-shirts .C. -- Calgarys Kevin Koe did it the hard way again. . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. Here are some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference in Week 7:GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 20 West Virginia at Texas Tech. The Mountaineers (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) remained undefeated with a 17-16 home win over Kansas State before an open date last weekend, when the Wildcats won 44-38 at home and held the Red Raiders (3-2, 1-1) to their fewest points this season. WVU is undefeated this season with no more than 38 points in a game. Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen was a Texas Tech assistant for eight seasons, and was a receivers coach from 2000-02 when Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was a record-setting quarterback there. They have split four games as Big 12 foes, with the Mountaineers winning the last two by a combined eight points.BEST MATCHUPOklahoma RBs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon vs. Kansas States rushing defense that is ranked third among FBS teams. Perine, the Big 12 rushing leader as a freshman in 2014, is coming off a season-high 214 yards on 35 carries against Texas that moved him to second in the Big 12 with 92.2 yards per game. Mixon had a pair of 100-yard games before that. Sure, K-State had one game that only lasted one half because of inclement weather, but the Wildcats have allowed only 80.8 yards rushing per game. That is 60 yards per game less than Oklahoma.INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Kansas State last week got its 100th Big 12 victory, joining Texas and Oklahoma as the only teams to do that since the leagues inception iin 1996. Will Hernandez Jersey. ... The last seven Big 12 games have been decided by a touchdown or less, two of them by one point. The 10 1/2-point margin in conference games is the lowest among the Power Five leagues (the SEC is the next closest at 13.9, with the Big Ten having the largest at 21.0 points per game). ... One team is guaranteed to get its first Big 12 victory this weekend, when Iowa State (1-5, 0-3) plays at Texas (2-3, 0-2) .LONG SHOTKansas is a five-touchdown underdog as the homecoming opponent for No. 11 Baylor (5-0, 2-0), the only FBS team to be 5-0 for the fourth consecutive season. The Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2) missed three field goals in the fourth quarter while losing by a point at home last week to TCU. Baylor has won six in a row in the series by an average margin of 38 points, and that even includes a 31-30 overtime victory in Lawrence five years ago.IMPACT PERFORMERTexas junior running back DOnta Foreman leads the Big 12 and is second nationally with 148.8 yards rushing per game. His seven touchdowns in four games give him a league-leading 10.5 points per game. Foreman is coming off a season-high 159 yards against Oklahoma, his third consecutive two-TD game.---Compiled by AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas.---AP College Football website: Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed JerseysChina Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China ' ' '