On a night where Teddy Bridgewater was once again brilliant, going 29 of 38 for 341 yards and 2 scores, the Louisville Cardinals‘ national title hopes were dashed as they were upset by UCF to fall to 6-1.
There wasn’t much more Bridgewater could have done. He engineered late in the game what looked like the game-winning drive, marching the Cardinals right down the field. The Cardinal defense however, gave it right back up as Bridgewater was only able to sit and helplessly watch on the sidelines.
This may hurt the Cardinals’ national title hopes and potentially Bridgewater’s Heisman chances, but it should not hurt his NFL stock in the least. Bridgewater is a phenomenal quarterback prospect — one that doesn’t come around often.
He can make every throw in the book with touch, velocity, and accuracy. He is also mobile enough to get out of trouble when necessary. In an age where the mobile, strong-armed quarterback is in vogue, Bridgewater fits that bill perfectly.
Bridgewater right now is the favorite to be either the first or second player picked in the draft. This shouldn’t change after tonight. He has proven he can win against top competition and despite this upset, Bridgewater did all he could to put this Cardinal team on track.
It was a rough night for the Cardinals and their faithful. We got treated to another masterful perfomance by Bridgewater this time in a loss. My money is on seeing a lot more of these performances on Sundays of next Fall.