Louisville Cardinals vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
7:30 PM ET, November 29, 2012
High Point Solutions Stadium, PISCATAWAY, NJ
Coverage: ESPN/Watch ESPN
As the season is coming to an end and teams set out for what will be their last regular season game of the year, two teams, coming off weekend losses, will battle this Thursday to be sole leader in the Big East Conference.
The Louisville Cardinals once a Top 25 ranked team, seems to have fallen short with just a few games left to play. They suffered their first loss two weeks ago at Syracuse. Then, playing at home last weekend, they lost in triple overtime to Connecticut by a field goal. These losses dropped them in the standings and tying them with Rutgers at 9-2
Rutgers, on the other hand, got their first lost early in the year against Kent State. They have won out until meeting Pittsburgh last week, where they were handed their second loss of the year.
The Cardinals’ QB Teddy Bridgewater is only a sophomore, and has a few years left in him to perfect his art in Louisville. Still, he has thrown this year for a total of 3189 yards with 23 touchdowns and 6 picks. Their offensive leader, running back Senorise Perry, is a junior but I think he will be entering this upcoming NFL Draft. So, don’t expect him back next year.
The Scarlet Knights’ QB Gary Nova really stepped up in his first year as a starter, throwing for 2282 total yards and has 20 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. His favorite target, wideout
Brandon Coleman, a junior, had a career high 37 catches for 563 yards and 9 touchdowns
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are coming off a difficult Conference rival loss to the Panthers on the road, but beat both schools who just beat Louisville. They will have the advantage here, playing at home in front of their fans on the last game for the seniors on the team. It will be a very emotional time.
I expect Rutgers to come out balling in this game in front of their home crowd. I see them winning this game and taking the lead in the Conference, final score Rutgers 27 – Louisville 17.