Louisville (9-1, 4-1 Big East) opened their season a perfect 9-0 and had their eyes set on the season ending match-up against #23 Rutgers, the only obvious obstacle between them and a Big East Championship. The only problems were the two games between now and that Rutgers match-up on November 29th.
The first of which came this afternoon in Syracuse. The Orange (5-5, 4-2 Big East) were not looked at statistically to compete with the Cardinals. Yet, somehow, someone knew something statistics didn’t, as Vegas’ opening line saw this one a close one with Louisville only a +1.5 favorite, but not even Vegas saw what was coming from the Orange.
While the Cards kept it close early, trading field goals then touchdowns in the first quarter, Syracuse would expose the Louisville defense in the second quarter with three TDs.
Between the passing of Syracuse’s QB Ryan Nassib, who threw for 246 yards and 3 TDs and the rushing of running back Jerome Smith who ran for 144 yards and a TD on 18 carries, the Louisville defense seemingly just held up stop signs to see Syracuse blow right by their defenders.
Heisman hopeful, QB Teddy Bridgewater’s two second half TDs wouldn’t help much as the Cardinal defense would only allow Syracuse to answer with scores of their own to see the Orange win 45-26.