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Strong declares Bridgewater a go for Louisville vs. Rutgers

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Fans of the Louisville football program can finally and officially breathe a huge sigh of relief.  Probably.

Star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a wrist injury in Saturday’s loss to UConn, the Cardinals’ second loss in a row after beginning the season 9-0.  Even as he returned to the triple-overtime defeat after injuring the wrist, there was some concern that injury would have an impact in Bridgewater’s availability for the game against Rutgers Thursday, which will decide the Big East’s representative in a BcS bowl game.

During the Big East’s weekly teleconference, head coach Charlie Strong shot down the speculation concerning his starting quarterback.

Yes, Teddy will play,” Strong said. “It’s nothing different. He finished the game against Connecticut so there’s nothing different. …

“We just know that Teddy is tough. He’s a true competitor. So we’ll be able to go with him.”

The fact that the injury was to Bridgewater’s left (non-throwing) arm will aid the player’s status greatly, although Strong did allow that he “[doesn't] know how close he is to 100 percent” and the coaching/medical staff is “just going to monitor him this week.”

If Rutgers’ wins Thursday, the Scarlet Knights would claim an outright Big East title and play in a BcS bowl.  If Louisville wins, and Cincinnati wins Saturday, it would create a four-way tie.  The tiebreaker would then become where the teams place in the final BcS rankings.  The team with the highest ranking in that last release next Sunday would earn the BcS bid; barring something unexpected, that would be Louisville.

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5 Responses to “Strong declares Bridgewater a go for Louisville vs. Rutgers”
  1. justinsgiants says: Nov 26, 2012 4:14 PM

    Glad to see Bridgewater is okay. I expect nothing but the best.

    Go RU!!!

  2. thegamecocker says: Nov 26, 2012 6:51 PM

    Bridgewater injured his knee and his non-throwing wrist. Rutgers “D” will rise to the occasion and not allow Teddy B. to wonder outside the pocket and throw on the run. That will be key for Rutgers’ along with establishing the running game and making L’ville one-dimensional. I look for Rutgers’ to win it outright and bring home a substantial bowl pay day.
    GO RED TEAM!

  3. 35longmiles says: Nov 26, 2012 9:27 PM

    Somebody gave him great advice and he told Miami to sniff his taint. Suck it Miami.

  4. dmcgrann says: Nov 26, 2012 11:39 PM

    Bridgewater playing for Louisville? What’s next, Randolph-Macon playing for Alabama?

    (obscure ODAC reference joke)

  5. thegamecocker says: Nov 27, 2012 8:47 AM

    @dmcgrann

    Can you also speak in tongues? :)

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