Louisville and Cincinnati fight for the Keg Of Nails in this Big East matchup on ESPN. The Bearcats are looking to recover from a heartbreaking loss to Toledo last week, and Louisville is looking to keep pace with Rutgers as one of the two undefeated Big East teams.
Friday Night Lights: Cincinnati Vs. Louisville
Louisville (and/or Rutgers) could end up being accidental BCS busters by simply not losing their way up the rankings as they've done so far. Ranked 15 and 16 right now, several teams ahead of them stand to fall in the next week or 2. Georgia, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, and possibly even South Carolina could fall tomorrow and get leapfrogged. Oregon State could be a 3 loss team in short order as well. The Big Least duo could be as high as 10-11 (doubtful, but possible) after Saturday, with bottom-of-the-top 10 teams just above them playing loseable games in the next few weeks like USC hosting Oregon, LSU hosting Alabama, Notre Dame @ USC, Florida @ FSU, ect. If big teams keep tripping each other up then Louisville @ Rutgers could be a matchup of two undefeated top 10 teams at seasons end.
If Arkansas gets on a roll in the SEC (unlikely as it is), Rutgers will likely get a big boost from the computers. If I recall correctly, many if not all of the computers do not take into account how well a team was playing when a win/loss occurs.
If Louisville played Arkansas it would be just like Angry Birds. Think about it.
I wish I knew how to upload photos that I created, because I would have superimposed one of the Angry Birds characters on that John L. Smith "Get Your Piss Hot!!!" gif, as seen in this post: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/ot-john-l-press-conference-yesterday-smile#comment-1721572
So, it starts in typical Big East fashion - decent kick return partially negated by a holding call, drive bogged down....Louisville forced to punt deep in their own territory. The short punt then gives Cincinnati the ball in Louisville territory, and a strong first paly or two from the Bearcats ultimately yields nothing on the ground anyway. 4th and 7 it is, and Cincinnati goes for a 46-yard field goal, which makes it through the uprights. 3-0 Bearcats.
Teddy Bridgewater and Charlie Strong's Louisville seem like a legitimate decent to good team, regardless of conference affiliation.
And he (Bridgewater) audibles at the line, pre-snap...It's a pretty cool concept.
Things learned in that last Louisville drive:
- Munchie Legaux throws very accurate passes to defensive backs
- Cincinnati's pass coverage leaves something to be desired
- Louisville may have something in Teddy Bridgewater - he needs to realize that the Bearcats are giving him hours to make reads though.
Things learned on that Cincinnati drive:
- Louisville apparently cannot find running backs named "Ralph David Abernathy".
It would be hard in the stomach drinking a keg of nails.
This was one of the two bad things that could happen when you pass.
Cincinnati is up 17-7 after the PAT. Bridgewater threw a dart, which was deflected, then caught by Cincinnati. The Cardinals are showing that they don't quite have an answer for the Cincinnati rushing attack at the moment - three runs and they made the necessary 19 yards for the TD.
Louisville ran power right with a tackle also shifting before the snap and Cincy didn't adjust. 2 guards, 2 tackles, a TE, and a fullback blocking on one side of the Center and Cinch didn't even adjust. No wonder Toledo upset them last week, lol.
the team with the 4 for 15(!) qb is winnin. big east football is weird.
Punting on their opponents 38 with 57 seconds left in the half. Probably another reason why Cincy lost last week...
Because YOU CANNOT BEAT TOLEDO IN THE GLASS BOWL, BIYATCH!
No, seriously, though, losing to Toledo at the Glass Bowl is not a kiss of death. It's a helluvaplace to play a football game, as far as MAC stadiums go.
Key phrase "as far as MAC stadiums go"
The Louisville running game has an interesting signature "stand there and get swallowed by the opposing front seven" play....at least they got into FG range. 24-17 Cincinnati.
This game just got interesting.
Is there any Defense in the last 2 min?
Pshh, who needs "tackling" or "coverage?"
Complicating things with ideas like "playside" and "weakside", "closing gaps" and "bringing pressure" are basically what brought us to the 31-31 tie and overtime.
Wasnt Munchie Legeaux a UM commit at some point in time?
Don't think he ever committed but was offered and considered them.
when they won the coin toss in OT
One of the Lville players just tried to defer after winning the coin toss......
Whelp, that'll probably do it.
That was a total arm punt
"500! Dead or Alive!"
Nice choice to ice the kicker there...
It was hard to tell whether the snap was going to be bad or the snap was bad because the whistle blew (the same way it often looks like D-Linemen would have had a clear path to the QB if only a play had not been blown dead).
I dunno, I'm going to stick with icing fail. I know Rod Gilmore mentioned the marginal statistical edge in icing, but I think under unusual conditions (like a rainy wind-fest), the practice run is probably more beneficial than the added mental pressure is harmful. Especially from that distance where your best chance is in a poor snap or handle. Then again, it's always easier to critique in hindsight.
So dumb....When are they going to quit doing this sh*t and looking completely assinine 45 seconds later?!