Solid grasp of second place in the Big East and the Keg of Nails trophy is on the line as The Louisville Cardinals face the Cincinnati Bearcats Friday night at Cardinal’s Stadium.
The No. 16 Cardinals are now 7-0 after beating South Florida 27-25 last week in their closest win of the season.
It was the Cardinals first home game in a month, as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater squashed a South Florida comeback with an 11-yard touchdown pass to receiver Eli Rogers with 1:35 remaining. The extra point was blocked, but the Bulls failed to get into field goal range after Louisville defensive back Adrian Bushell made an interception to end the game.
Bridgewater went 21-for-25 for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and found receiver Damian Copeland five times for 93 yards and one score.
The Cardinals are trying to keep pace with unbeaten No. 18 Rutgers, who currently own first-place in the Big East having won two more conference games. Louisville ends its season against the Scarlet Knights, but must face a Cincinnati club still sore from last week.
Cincinnati suffered its first loss of the season at Toledo 29-23, in part due to quarterback Munchie Legaux’s two interceptions and a 91-yard kick-off return.
Toldeo’s leading receiver, Bernard Reedy, brought back the kick-off after Legaux threw is only touchdown pass on the day in the third quarter, and the Bearcats only managed a field goal in the final period.
Legaux finished with 227 passing yards, but was an inaccurate 15-for-36, and the Cincinnati rushing duo of Ralph Abernathy and George Winn accounted for 184 of the Bearcats’ 251 rushing yards.
Cincinnati is 16 th in the nation averaging 225.7 rushing yards per game, and before Toledo had outscored there last two opponents 63-11 in the second half.
The Bearcats have won the last four meetings between two schools, after Louisville rattled off five straight wins and the Keg of Nails, which has been award to the winner since 1929.
Betting Odds: Louisville is favored by 4 points.
Over/Under: 53 points
Prediction: Cincinnati has a tendency to start off slow, and then burst out in the second half. If Louisville can keep the Bearcats' rushing to a minimum and play all four quarters, they will remain undefeated and challenge Rutgers for the Big East.
Predicted Score: Louisville 30, Cincinnati 24
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