Earlier this week, Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Munchie Legaux was asked to compare himself to Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. While the soundbite of Legaux saying “I’m better,” caused shock waves and clicks through the college football social media world, the confidence Legaux showed in his ability should be the story.
As a general rule, college football experts would probably say that Bridgewater is the superior player to Legaux. The Louisville quarterback has a higher completion percentage, more experience, and is probably playing with the better team around him. On top of that, Legaux is coming off a poor performance against Toledo where he completed less than 42% of his passes.
That’s what makes his quote so interesting. It would be easy for the Cincy quarterback to defer to the guy who Louisville fans started a Heisman campaign for before the season. He could have easily talked about how well Bridgewater has been playing this year — completing over 73% of his passes. He could have moved away from the comparison between the two signal callers and instead focused his answer to the reporter on how he’ll go up against the Louisville defense rather than Bridgewater.
Instead, Legaux said what he thought: “I’m better.”
As Rutgers takes a breather from Big East competition for the next few weeks, the league will battle it out below them. At some point, Rutgers will fight for their first Big East crown against both Cincinnati and Louisville. If Munchie is correct in his confidence, the Scarlet Knights biggest competition might not be from Teddy Bridgewater and the more experienced Louisville Cardinals.
It might be from the “better” quarterback and the upstart Bearcats.