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October 10, 2013
Rutgers vs. Louisville: Game Preview
Rutgers vs. Louisville
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. at Papa John's Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
What's at stake: Each team will be looking to move to 2-0 in AAC league play. Rutgers began conference play with a 55-52 triple overtime win last week over SMU. Louisville started its conference schedule with a 30-7 win over Temple.
Series history: Rutgers lead the all-time series 7-5. Louisville has won the last three meetings, the previous two by a total of five points. In primetime games on ESPN, the series is tied 2-2.
Rutgers wins if:
Rutgers loses if:
Return specialist Janarion Grant has made a big
difference this year for Rutgers with two touchdowns. Rutgers will
most likely need some special teams fireworks tonight to come away
with a win. Grant is very capable of providing those fireworks.
Cornerback Nadir Barnwell could earn his third
consecutive start. This will be his biggest test of the year as
the former four-star prospect will be facing arguably the best
quarterback in the country. What a difference a year makes for the
They said it
Darius Hamilton on facing Teddy Bridgewater:
Lorenzo Waters on fixing the communication in the secondary:
Charlie Strong on the Rutgers-Louisville rivalry coming to an end:
The oddsmakers leaned heavily towards Louisville with what is now a 19-point spread. This number seems a little high for what figures to be a hard fought battle between familiar opponents. Taking Rutgers with the points looks to be a smart bet even though its defense has yielded 104 points against two similar offenses. Look for Rutgers to cover on the road tonight as 19 just seems like much too high of a number.
Did you know...
Louisville - WR Devante Parker. The Cardinals' leading receiver with 21 catches for 395 yards and six touchdowns is healing up from a shoulder injury and will be a game time decision.
Rutgers - RB Paul James. When he went down with a lower leg injury late in game no.4, James was the nation's leading rusher with 573 yards. He is out for tonight's game.