A Look At Louisville's Statistical Rankings Through Three Games

First, as a team:

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Nothing too surprising here, or at least nothing that can't be explained...here.

Louisville has been very efficient throwing the ball and better than average in just about every other offensive statistical category. That much we already knew. It's on defense where things look a bit bizarre on paper.

The Cards rank in the nation's top 40 in scoring defense despite ranking 90th or below in just about every other major defensive category save for rushing defense. The explanation is relatively simple: going against spread offenses is going to make your defense look bad on paper, and Louisville has faced nothing but spread offenses through three weeks. The quick hitters in the passing game allow virtually no chance for tackles behind the line of scrimmage, which is why U of L is among the nation's worst in sacks and tackles for loss. Also, going up against a team that puts the ball in the air 50 times every week is going to make your pass defense statistics look worse than any team that doesn't face a team that puts the ball in the air 50 times every week.

The punt return game continues to be lackluster. If he proves in practice that he can catch the ball consistently without issue, I'd love to see Charles Gaines get a shot out there just to bring some excitement to the unit.

Individual rankings:

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Hey check it out, Teddy Bridgewater's good at football.

Aside from that, again, it's next to impossible for U of L's defensive players to rank high in any category outside of tackels or interceptions given the offenses they've gone up against.

Not listed: Marcus Smith still leads the nation in two-point conversions.

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