It’s hard to think that the Louisville Cardinals probably won’t even win the American Athletic Conference title this season even though they were the easy favorites to win to start the season — and they have just one loss. It looks like this team is poised for a BCS bowl berth, however.
On the other side of the field, the Memphis Tigers began the season with a 1-6 record and it looked like they would challenge for the worst team in the nation, but two consecutive wins has changed all of that. Sitting at 3-6 with a tough road game against Louisville is just not a good scenario for this team.
Louisville is led by Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback and the junior is looking to help his team to a BCS bowl while also trying to win a Heisman Trophy — obviously the former is his top priority. Bridgewater has 3,048 yards and 24 touchdowns this season while DeVante Parker and Damian Copeland both have 600 receiving yards. Parker, however, has eight touchdowns to Copeland’s four. Dominique Brown leads the run game with 650 yards and six touchdowns.
Memphis is led by freshman quarterback Paxton Lynch who has taken all of the snaps at that position all season long. Lynch has 1,581 yards and six touchdowns on the season for the 106th-ranked passing offense while his eight interceptions have been a problem. The run game is a bit more impressive, ranking 79th in the nation behind Brandon Hayes‘ 703 yards and five touchdowns on the year.
Defensively, the Cardinals are one of the best units in the nation. Louisville ranks second in both points per game allowed as well as yards allowed per game. On the other hand, the Tigers rank 21st in points allowed as well as 15th in yards allowed per game — this could be a defensive game.
Memphis will travel to Louisville to take on the Cardinals at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 23. Check your local listings for the broadcast channel.
PREDICTION: Memphis 10, Louisville 31