Five Questions: Scouting No. 8 Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rutgers goes in-depth with Cardinal Authority publisher Jody Demling for five questions to get ready for tonight's nationally televised clash. Demling breaks down Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and everything Cardinals.

ScarletReport.com -- From a guy that sees Teddy Bridgewater every day, what makes him so good? How much better is he now than his famous injury game at Rutgers last year?

Jody Demling -- I truly believe the thing that makes Teddy so good is his command of the offense and just his ability to always stay calm and not get rattled. Perfect example, the Florida game when he took that big hit (helmet flew off), he just went about his business. He's a ton better than he was last year, so good at reading defenses and so good at checking things at the line. He's like a pro.

ScarletReport.com -- Do teams and media put too much emphasis on Bridgewater, given Louisville's successes defensively and in the run game?

Jody Demling -- I think the first five opponents have game planned so much towards Teddy that the running game has benefitted. And yes, I believe this defense on a team without Teddy running the offense gets a ton more attention.

ScarletReport.com -- How much do you see injury questions for Louisville playing a role in the outcome?

Jody Demling -- DeVante Parker is a major issue but it comes at the deepest position they have on the team, so even if he doesn't go they will be fine there. They have been lucky with injuries this season.

ScarletReport.com -- What did Kentucky do against Louisville that other teams didn't? How did they avoid a blowout?

Jody Demling -- Kentucky played a solid game, Louisville just kind of wore them down and the running game was really good in that second half. The blowout was avoided because Kentucky totally switched up what they had done on defense in the first two weeks and it took U of L a bit to get adjusted.

ScarletReport.com -- Does this feel like more than a normal game to Louisville fans and players?

Jody Demling -- Oh yes. All of these Thursday night games - and especially ones against Rutgers - have a little added incentive. It's become a great little mini rivalry.


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