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Teddy Bridgewater could be in for a big sophomore season.
Charlie Strong has quickly come in and rebuilt Louisville by recruiting better than the Cardinals were able to under Steve Kragthorpe. After reaching minor bowls in each of the past two years, the talent that Strong has recruited may finally be ready to mature this year.
Louisville returns seven starters on offense, including talented sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater—a top recruit out of Miami who showed promise as a true freshman last year.
Bridgewater will get help from top receivers Michaelee Harris and Eli Rogers along with promising sophomore DeVante Parker. Bridgewater is a guy picked by many to have a breakout season, and having a trio of talented receivers with a good mix of size and speed could really help.
The ground game loses top rusher Victor Anderson but returns a pair of juniors who ran for at least 330 yards a year ago including Dominique Brown. The offensive line brings back four starters, including one of the better centers in the country in Mario Benavides, as well as a pair of sophomores at guard who started as freshmen.
Defensively, Louisville brings back eight starters. Three starters are back along the line as well as a bunch of others with significant experience.
Two linebackers return, and both Daniel and Preston Brown are strong players with a chance to be All-Big East selections. The secondary could be very strong, led by shutdown All-Big East corner Adrian Bushell and another All-Big East player in safety Hakeem Smith.
The secondary also brings back a pair of promising sophomores in corner Andrew Johnson, who already has nine starts on his resume, and Calvin Pryor, who could really grow this year.
Even though this is a home game for Pitt, this game is going to be very tough to win. Louisville returns 15 starters from a team that went 7-5 a year ago, but a lot of them are young players ready to take their game to the next level. I'm going to predict a Pitt loss here, as Louisville could win the Big East this season.