The Louisville Cardinals are one of those teams that can sneak up on you. Sure, everyone knew that the Cardinals would be good this season, especially after a thumping of the Florida Gators in a BCS bowl last season. However, with no really tough games on the schedule that jump out, the Cardinals could easily run the table.
On the other side of the field, the Central Florida Knights have had three games decided by seven points or less this season, but sitting at 4-1, they have been on the winning side of those two out of three times. Their only loss this season came against the South Carolina Gamecocks and it was by just three points. Central Florida will likely be Louisville’s toughest test this season.
Teddy Bridgewater leads this Louisville team and has done a great job of that with a 6-0 record so far this season. Bridgewater is the likely No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL Draft and for good reason. He has completed over 70 percent of his passes for 1,872 yards and 18 touchdowns while throwing only two interceptions. This guy is a leader and a talented one at that. It’s easy to put up such great numbers with two guys who have nearly 400 receiving yards each and nine touchdowns combined in DeVante Parker and Damian Copeland. Although Michael Dyer transferred into the program, Senorise Perry is still the team’s leading rusher with 402 yards and five touchdowns.
Central Florida knows that it could easily be 5-0 and that’s due in large part to the solid play of Blake Bortles at quarterback. Bortles completes about 60 percent of his passes for 1,334 yards and nine touchdowns. With some talent to throw to at the wide out positions in Breshad Perriman and Rannell Hall. Both combine for just under 800 yards and four touchdowns. Storm Johnson is the team’s leading rusher with 455 yards and seven touchdowns on 87 carries for a 5.0 yards per carry average.
Defensively, Central Florida ranks 11th in the nation in points allowed per game while ranking 32nd in the nation by allowing just over 350 yards per game. Louisville is the best team in the nation in terms of keeping teams out of the endzone, allowing just 7.3 points per game while also ranking second in the nation in yards allowed per game with 229.
Central Florida will travel to Louisville to take on the Cardinals at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Oct. 18. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: UCF 17, Louisville 30