Nothing else needs to be said about this game. The hype was built from the final seconds of last season's heartbreaking loss, all the way up until now. For all intents and purposes, there is one team that stands in the way of the first BCS bid in program history: Louisville. The Cardinals carry a #8 ranking into the game, and have a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback. The game is on a Thursday night, as it should be. It's been heartbreak two years in a row as the Scarlet Knights left the field - what awaits them (and us) this time?
#8 Louisville Cardinals (5-0, 1-0) Last week: Won @ Temple, 30-7
2012 Record: 11-2 (5-2 Big East)
Head Coach: Charlie Strong (30-14 overall)
Location: Louisville, KY
Series: 7-5 Rutgers (Last meeting: 20-17 Louisville)
Thursday, October 10 - 7:30 PM
Forecast: Clear, 64 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation, 2 mph winds
Paul James will once again be out, so Savon Huggins will once again start and share carries with Justin Goodwin, with Flood eventually going with the hot hand. LB Jamal Merrell returns to the lineup since leaving the field against Norfolk State. Let's hope SMU was a wake call for both the coaches and the players, because all of those tests served as the warmup for this moment.