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Bridgewater (left) will fail to make the most of another golden opportunity.
Poll Points: 13
Season Stats: 71.0 CMP%, 1,872 YDs, 18 TDs, 2 INTs, 191.8 QBR
Week 8 Matchup: vs. UCF (4-1), Oct. 18, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Last weekend, the Cardinals had the opportunity to prove that they deserved more national attention, and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater disappointed.
Sure, Louisville won 24-10. However, it was the result of a top-notch effort from the defense, cooling down the Rutgers squad, which came in averaging over 40 points per game.
Fans expected better from Bridgewater—310 YDs, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 FUMB—against a Scarlet Knights secondary that ranks No. 118 against the pass.
Now, the junior faces a stiffer test against a Knights team whose only loss is by three points to No. 11 South Carolina.
The UCF defense ranks No. 10 in scoring (16.6 PPGA), No. 32 in total defense (353.0 YPGA), No. 39 against the rush (140.2 YPGA) and No. 42 against the pass (212.8 YPGA). Furthermore, the unit has conceded just two passing touchdowns all season.
Not only is this the toughest defensive test Bridgewater and the Cardinals have faced all year, it’s the toughest test. Period.
It will be interesting to see how he handles a second opportunity in the national spotlight.
Bridgewater will play decent but not spectacular.
Expect Louisville to be carried by the defense once again. Bridgewater should still get his yards and find the end zone once or twice, but that’s about it.
It will likely be the end of the “Teddy for Heisman” campaign.