College Football Week 14: Louisville At Rutgers
|Charlie Strong, who will be a hot name for some of the head coaching vacancies around the country, has his team one win away from a BCS bowl. Louisville started 9-0 but has dropped two straight.||Coaching||With Louisville’s loss, Rutgers could’ve clinched the Big East title and a BCS bowl bid by beating Pittsburgh last week. Instead, the Scarlet Knights were smacked 27-6. First year head coach Kyle Flood will have to get his team refocused.|
|Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is sixth in the country in passer rating but has a fractured wrist (on his non-throwing hand) and a bad ankle. He is expected to play, however; how well he can perform is obviously critical.||Offense||Rutgers gained just 207 yards last week. Quarterback Gary Nova has struggled since a horrific performance against Kent State in late October.|
|The Cardinals’ defense is average at best, and Rutgers will certainly try to expose Louisville’s weakness in defending the run.||Defense||The Scarlet Knights have counted on their defense all season, a top-25 unit in both yards per play and takeaways. Linebacker Khaseem Greene is in line for his second consecutive Big East Defensive Player of the Year award.|
|Louisville’s special teams are among the worst in the country according to Football Outsiders’ FEI ratings. The Cardinals have made 14 of 16 field goals, however.||Special Teams||Rutgers has been very good on kickoff coverage but poor in most everything else.|
We'll just call it a tie
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