Louisville actually received some criticism for not beating Rutgers last week in an impressive enough fashion on national television. Now eight days later the Cardinals are trying to capitalize on another national television appearance. At the half, the undefeated Cardinals are leading Central Florida 14-7.
Louisville has thrived on third down conversions, converting four out of five in the first half and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been very accurate with his pass selections, completing 16 of 19 attempts for 206 yards and two touchdowns. DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers each have a touchdown catch in the game so far. But Louisville has fumbled a way one red zone possession and has yet to get much of anything out of the running game.
Central Florida has struggled against what may be one of the more underrated defenses in the country. Quarterback Blake Bortles has not been nearly as accurate as his Louisville counterpart, with just 9 of 16 attempts completed for 99 yards and one interception. Running back Storm Johnson leads the Knights in rushing with 31 yards and receiving with 59 yards.
Louisville may be in need of a particularly strong second half, at least on the scoreboard, because time is starting to run out on the opportunities to flex some muscle for those still doubting Louisville belongs in the BCS championship conversation. It may not be fair, but it may just be the reality.