Five Big Questions UofL

The Keg of Nails has more meaning than ever Friday night as the Bearcats take on Louisville in Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. We look at five big questions for the game.

Big Question #1: Can the Bearcats do something they've not done since 2002?

That's right, it was 2002 when Rick Minter was the Bearcats head coach and the Bearcats knocked off the Cardinals 24-14 in Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium.

Big Question #2: Can the Bearcats slow Victor Anderson who has posted 5 100-yard rushing games this season and is averaging 6-yards per carry?

After slowing down Pat White and Noel Devine last weekend the Bearcats defense better be ready as freshman Victor Anderson has shown he's capable of carrying a team on his back. A performance like the one UC posted against UConn running back Donald Brown would spell disaster to the Bearcats chances for victory.

Big Question #3: Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell has 11 interceptions on the season. Will the Bearcats defensive backs feast on Cantwell on Friday night?

Big Question #4: With the weather report calling for rain and wind, can the Bearcats get a running game going if weather conditions force them to run?

Jacob Ramsey is the Bearcats top rusher with 520-yards on the season. While his yard per carry average looks good at 4.7 yards, he's only averaging 57.8 yards a game. Overall the Bearcats are the seventh ranked team in the Big East rushing. On the other hand Louisville has two backs in the Top Ten of the Big East with the duo averaging 150-yards per game with a 5.3 yard per carry average. Louisville is the third ranked rushing team in the Big East.

Big Question #5: If the weather does become a factor, can the Bearcats win the special teams battle against the Cardinals?

On paper this looks like a great advantage for the Bearcats. Kevin Huber and Jake Rogers have out performed Louisville's kickers but there are still questions with Rogers if the game is on the line. Mardy Gilyard showed last week how important the return game can be with his 100+ yard touchdown to open the game.

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