It was a tough week for the Louisville Cardinals in week eight. Losing their first game of the season to the Central Florida Knights on a national stage had to hurt the team that was looking to go unbeaten with one of the easiest schedule of any team in the nation. Sitting at 6-1, the Cardinals will need to rebound and win out for a chance at a BCS bowl.
On the other side of the field, the South Florida Bulls are one of the worst teams in the conference, but that hasn’t stopped them from reeling off two straight victories after an 0-4 start to the season. Another big win against Louisville could give them the momentum they need to make a bowl bid.
While they did lose to Central Florida, the Cardinals still had a solid two and a half quarters of football in which they dominated, going up 28-7 at one point. However, it took a serious comeback by UCF to take down the Cardinals and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The junior quarterback has still had a solid campaign in 2013, passing for 2,213 yards and 20 touchdowns, connecting with DeVante Parker and Damian Copeland a combined 54 times for 864 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season.
South Florida has had one of the worst passing offenses in the nation, ranking 115th in pass yards per game with just 138 and no quarterback has passed for over 450 yards through six games on the season yet. It looks like senior quarterback Bobby Eveld is the starter right now, but coming off an 8-28 performance with just 106 yards and an interception, the Bulls might want to stick to running the ball. However, the run game isn’t much better as they rank 104th in yards per game on the ground. Marcus Shaw is the only bright spot on offense, rushing for 552 yards and two scores on 86 carries.
Defensively, the Bulls are not exactly a stellar unit. However, the strength of the team is defense, ranking 89th in points allowed per game, the Bulls also rank 20th in the nation in yards allowed per game with just 347. Louisville has been known for having a solid defense in 2013. The Cardinals allow the second-least amount of points per game in the nation while also allowing the second-least amount of yards.
Louisville will travel to South Florida to take on the Bulls at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Louisville 35, South Florida 13