The U of L announced Thursday that the game was sold out. That would mean the third crowd of 55,000-plus in school history.
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium was built in 1998, replacing the ancient Cardinal Stadium on the Kentucky Fairgrounds. In 2010, capacity was increased from 42,000 to 55,000.
Twice last year, Louisville reached that larger figure - 55,327 against Kentucky and 55,106 against Cincinnati. A crowd of 43,217 in the 2006 West Virginia game remains ninth on the all-time list.
The gate for the Cardinals' two home games have been respectable, with room for more - 46,157 for Murray State and 47,228 for FIU.
For those Herd players who have traveled to road games for four years, this will be the 16th different stadium they have visited, with Houston's Robertson Stadium and Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium later in the 2011 slate.
Marshall kicker Tyler Warner, having recently visited Louisville's new KFC Yum! Center downtown, is a bit excited.
"If the football stadium is anything like the basketball arena, I'm sure it will be an awesome place to play," he said.
Holliday and Strong coached together at Florida from 2005-07, on a coaching staff that seems to become more impressive by the week.
"Dan Mullen at Mississippi State did well a year ago," Holliday said. "[Steve] Addazio at Temple's done a nice job and Charlie at Louisville. Greg Mattison is now the D-coordinator at Michigan. It was a good defensive staff we had.
"Chuck Heater is a D-coordinator at Temple right now, who's leading the nation in total defense. That was an excellent staff and I was happy to be part of it."
Addazio is continuing Temple's resurgence from previous coach Al Golden, as the Owls are 3-1 and coming off a 38-7 pasting of Maryland. He lured former MU defensive line coach Sean Cronin and strength coach Frank Piraino to Philadelphia.
Mullen is 2-2 in his second year at Mississippi State, after going 9-4 and pounding Michigan in the Gator Bowl. Mattison has started his second stint at Michigan after three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
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