U of L football: Sunday notebook

The University of Louisville football team is now 3-0 on the season after Saturday's 27-13 victory over host and rival Kentucky. The Cardinals will play Florida International on Saturday. Here are a few notes from the program:


The University of Louisville football team moved up in one poll and stayed in the same position in the other major poll after a 27-13 win over Kentucky.

The Cardinals are now 3-0 and in the USA Today Coaches poll moved up into the No. 6 slot, while the Associated Press voters kept U of L at No. 7.

In the AP poll, Alabama stayed at No. 1 followed by Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford. LSU moved ahead of U of L and into the No. 6 position.

Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson Stanford and then U of L is the top in the Coaches' poll, while U of L ranks No. 10 in the Billingsley Top 50, a computer ranking. Those rankings are: Alabama, Oregon, Stanford, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Clemson, LSU, Georgia and South Carolina before the Cardinals.

The lowest rating for the Cardinals at this point is the Sagarin Ratings where U of L checks in at No. 10.

U of L coach Charlie Strong has continued to tell his team and the media that he's not focused on the polls, saying "We just need to keep winning."


After three games, U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ranks this in the NCAA in passing yards with 1,002 yards.

Bridgewater has completed 62 of 88 passes – 70.5 percent completion percentage – and has 10 touchdowns with just one interception.

He ranks fourth in the Total Quarterback Rating for the season, behind only Bryce Petty of Baylor, Marcus Mariota of Oregon and Jameison Winston of Florida State with a 92.9 QB percentage.

Bridgewater's efficiency percentage is 201.3.


The national Scout.com/FoxSportsNEXT College Football staff released their week three bowl projections on Sunday.

The Cardinals are projected against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 3 in Miami.

One of the ESPN.com experts has U of L in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, while the other expert has U of L vs. Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.

It's never too early to start dreaming of bowl plans.


U of L junior wide receiver DeVante Parker had four catches for 50 yards and one touchdown against the Wildcats.

Parker now has a TD catch in nine consecutive games and moves into fourth on the school's all-time list for TD catches with 20 for his career.

With nine games to go in his junior season, Parker is now behind only Ibn Green (33), Arnold Jackson (31) and Anthony Cummings (23) for career TDs.

Parker has 13 catches for 257 yards and four TDs in three games.

After the game, Parker said he does, "Yes, I do," expect to score a TD every game but it's just because he wants to help the team win.

"If I don't get it, then I don't worry about it," he said. "I just want to do whatever I can to help the team win."


U of L coach Charlie Strong lost against UK in his first season at U of L but has since knocked off the Wildcats three consecutive years.

U of L has won seven of the past 11 meetings between rivals.

"It feels good," Parker said. "Our fans expect us to win this game every year and that's what we did."

Added Senorise Perry: "Leaving going back-to-back-to-back against Kentucky is pretty nice."


**Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is now third on the school's all-time list in total offense with 9,446 for his career. He trails only Chris Redman (12,129) and Brian Brohm (10,819).

** The combined six points is the lowest combined total in the first quarter for this series since Aug. 31, 2008, when both teams failed to score in first.

**Louisville's defense held Kentucky to 0-for-13 on third-down conversions. It's the first time the Cardinals have stopped an opponent from converting a third down since 2002, when Duke was 0-for-15 on third downs on Sept. 7.

**Marcus Smith now has five career forced fumbles.

**Michael Dyer recorded his first career start at U of L . He ran 11 times for 62 yards against the Wildcats.

**Charles Gaines and Gerod Holliman started the game for the Cardinals. It was the first start for Holliman.

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