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Louisville vs. Cincinnati: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 16:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals throws a pass during the game against the Houston Cougars at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2013

Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals are on the road in Week 15 for a showdown against American rival Cincinnati to close out the 2013 campaign.

The two teams enter the contest with identical conference records of 6-1, but Louisville currently has the edge in the standings with a better overall record of 10-1. UCF leads the conference with an undefeated record of 7-0, and the Knights will be taking on SMU in Week 15.

Needless to say, the stakes are high for all three teams. 

Both Louisville and Cincinnati enter the contest on impressive winning streaks. The Cardinals have won four straight since losing a nail-biter against UCF, and the Bearcats have won six in a row since losing to South Florida back in early October.

This the only game on the schedule for Thursday night, and if you haven't yet watched these underrated teams in action, now's a great time to sneak a peek.

With that in mind, here's a look at when and where you can watch the game, along with injury reports, a look at the biggest key to the game and a final prediction. 

 

When: Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Spread (via Covers): Cincinnati (+3.5)

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 03:  Rob Trigg #45 of the Cincinnati Bearcats holds the the Big East Championship Trophy as he celebrates with fans and teammates after the Bearcats defeated the Connecticut Huskies 35-27 to claim their share of the 2011 Big East
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Louisville Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Keith Brown LBQues Dec. 5 - Knee - 11/23/13
Corvin Lamb RBOut indefinitely - Knee - 9/3/13
Hunter Bowles TEOut indefinitely - Neck - 9/3/13
USA Today

 

Cincinnati Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Javon Harrison WRQues Dec. 5 - Undisclosed - 11/23/13
Alex Chisum WRQues Dec. 5 - Ankle - 11/23/13
Chris Burrell WRQues Dec. 5 - Shoulder - 11/23/13
Drake Bruns DBQues Dec. 5 - Knee - 11/23/13
Mark Barr WROut indefinitely - Undisclosed - 10/6/13
Trenier Orr DBOut indefinitely - Knee - 9/19/13
Munchie Legaux QBOut for season - Knee - 9/9/13
Dan Sprague OLOut indefinitely - Knee - 8/23/13
USA Today

 

Will Brendon Kay Outplay Teddy Bridgewater?

Nov 23, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Brendon Kay (11) looks for an open receiver during the second quarter against the Houston Cougars at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bridgewater is going to be in the discussion for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, and he's one of the finest quarterbacks in the nation. But Brendon Kay has played exceptionally well this year, and nobody should be surprised if he matches Bridgewater on Thursday—or better.

Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville has coached Heisman-winning quarterbacks, and he says Kay is "playing as well as any" signal-caller he's coached in his career, as noted by Joe Danneman of Fox 19 in Cincinnati:

Looking at the raw stats for both players, it seems clear Kay has the ability to keep up with Bridgewater, who has been just slightly better in the major categories.

Teddy Bridgewater vs. Brendon Kay in 2013
PlayerComp. Pct.YardsYPATDINT
Bridgewater71.0%3,2689.47253
Kay70.3%2,8178.80229
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However, Kay has actually been the hotter quarterback coming into the game. He's passed for over 400 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions in his last two games. Meanwhile, Bridgewater has struggled in his last three, throwing just two touchdowns and an interception.

The quarterback that plays the best on Thursday will lead his team to victory. 

 

Prediction

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 16:  The Louisville Cardinals mascot performs during the game against the Houston Cougars at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Both teams enter the game with impressive stats on offense and defense: Louisville averages 35.5 points per game and holds opponents to just 11.4, while Cincinnati scores 34.2 points on average and allows 18.5. 

As is often the case during big games, it's likely the scoring will hover closer to the defensive averages, and this contest will likely be a low-scoring affair. 

In such a battle, the edge must go to the Cardinals. This team has been incredibly scrappy of late, allowing no more than 17 points in its last four games. Combined with the steady leadership of Bridgewater on offense, this game is Louisville's to lose. 

 

Final Score 

Louisville wins 21-17.

 

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