I know everyone here must have been hugely disappointed that there was no TWITA post last week. With my folks in town mid-week and a Friday trip up to Philly for the Temple game, there just wasn't time. But rest assured, it's back and better than ever, with fewer match-ups and one of the worst nationally televised games in the history of over-televised college football.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
|7:30 PM||Rutgers @ #8 Louisville||Preview " Tickets "|
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
|8:30 PM||Temple @ Cincinnati||Tickets "|
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
|12:00 PM||South Florida @ Connecticut||Tickets "|
|12:00 PM||Memphis @ Houston||Tickets "|
Game of the week: Rutgers @ Louisville. In case you hadn't heard, Louisville's schedule this season is probably one of the top 120 rated schedules in the country, which puts it in the same company as LSU, Georgia, Arizona St., etc., who also have top 120 rated schedules. Against this brutal schedule, the Cards have made it look difficult at times, surrendering multiple points on several occasions. Thursday night's match-up with Rutgers will provide the Cards with their firmest test to date, which is saying something, considering the gauntlet the Cards have flown through so far. Rutgers is scoring points on the road seemingly at will. Our Cards are not doing the opposite of that on the defensive side of the ball at home. Which means this is a good old fashioned Gorilla Monsoon Irresistible Force vs Immovable Object type match-up. But throw in our offense, which is likely to score several touchdowns, and it's not hard to get a feel for how this game should go. Most signs point to UofL winning and winning by at least 2 TDs. The brief history of this rivalry has provided some entertaining games over the years. But it would be nice to end it on a 4-game win streak and keep the ScarCard trophy (this doesn't exist) in house forever.
Mid-pack game of the week: Memphis @ Houston. Who knew that Memphis could play defense. At least run defense. Not since the days of Joe Lee Dunn and his massive Bleary-Eyed Beer Gut Run Busters have the Tigers been as formidable a defensive team against the run. Can they slow down the crazy freshman antics of Cougar QB John O'Korn? Not likely. But Memphis' run defense in recent games indicate that this one could be closer than the line of 9.5, especially if the Tigers can generate some offense.
The how-did-this-game-get-on-national-television game of the week: Temple @ Cincinnati. At least the weather looks good for the Tri-state area on Friday night.
Louisville over Rutgers by 15
Temple over Cincinnati by -25
USF over UConn by 10
Houston over Memphis by 12