The Louisville Cardinals are one of those teams that can run the table, but as for making a national title game, that’s another story. With the easy schedule that Louisville has been playing, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cardinals ran the table behind the strong arm of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Getting off to a hot 4-1 start to the 2013 season, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are a team that could contend with the Cardinals in the American Athletic Conference. Having already taken down an SEC team in the Arkansas Razorbacks this season, Rutgers is looking solid to begin the season.
Louisville, like I said earlier, is led by Bridgewater who is a serious Heisman contender and he could be one of the front-runners by destroying lesser opponents fairly easily. He has 1,562 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, leading the Cardinals to a 5-0 record while completing nearly 72 percent of his passes this season. DeVante Parker has been a big reason for his success, catching 21 passes for 375 yards and six touchdowns.
On the other side of the field, the Scarlet Knights are one of the top scoring offenses in the nation, but rank in the middle of the nation in rushing yards and passing yards. Junior quarterback Gary Nova has been solid this season, passing for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns. Paul James has been a star at running back, carrying the ball 78 times for 573 yards and six touchdowns — a 7.3 yards per carry average.
Defensively, the Cardinals rank third in the nation, allowing just 227 yards per game to go along with just 6.8 points per game — the best mark in the country. However, they have yet to play anyone who has given them a true test. Rutgers, on the other hand, allows 27.6 points per game and just gave up 52 points in an overtime win.
The Scarlet Knights will travel to Louisville to take on the Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Oct. 10. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Rutgers 21, Louisville 35