NCAA Football – Week 14
In spite of both of their efforts, the Louisville Cardinals and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will both be engaged in NCAA football betting action with the Big East title on the line on Thursday night at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway.
Louisville was once threatening to play in the BCS National Championship Game, but since that point, it has lost two games in a row and will have no chance whatsoever to play in the BCS if this game is lost. Head Coach Charlie Strong has probably cost himself some notoriety, though we still think that he will have the opportunity to leave for greener pastures as early as the end of this week if he truly wants to go back to the SEC. QB Teddy Bridgewater really has come a long way in this, his sophomore season, but throwing for 3,189 yards and 23 TDs against just six picks. Bridgewater has thrown for over 320 yards in four straight games, and he has 11 TDs against three INTs in that stretch of action. Of course, the ‘Ville just has to be better defensively to win this one as well, knowing that the team has allowed 68 points in the last two weeks. This offense just isn’t good enough for the defense to allow over 30 points for the most part.
The Scarlet Knights were the real deal for some time this year, but they lost a chance to lock up their first ever trip to the BCS when they were beaten down by the Pitt Panthers last week 27-6 on the road. Of course, this could have been a case of Rutgers being in the midst of a sandwich game, knowing that the squad was coming off of the big time win over the Cincinnati Bearcats and the game here at Louisville was on deck. It also though, could have been a case of a team slamming back to earth that isn’t all that great. Remember that in the last few weeks, not only has there been a loss to Pitt, but a loss to the Kent State Golden Flashes as well. QB Gary Nova has done what he can this year, but 2,282 yards with 20 TDs against 13 picks just doesn’t cut it. RB Jawan Jamison has had a nice year as well, rushing for 1,004 yards on 227 carries. That’s a theme for the Scarlet Knights though, as they just have never really gotten the ground game going in spite of all of the yards. Jamison and RB Savon Huggins have combined for just 4.16 yards per game combined.
This really is a case of the blind leading the blind. We think that the Cardinals are the better of these two teams, but they won’t necessarily get the job done. Somehow, Rutgers will figure out how to get the job done in this one on the ground, and though it won’t always be pretty, just getting the ‘W’ is good enough. There’s too much on the line to lose here in Piscataway. Rutgers 24 – Louisville 21