Some opponents are hard to get up for, like a winless Temple.
The fear of losing, the emotion, the need for a challenge, they’re just not there. Fans feel it, coaches know it and many of the players appear to be just going through the motions.
Wide receivers getting confused on routes, dropping passes in their fingers. Offensive linemen resorting to holding, failing to protect the kicker, denying the defense what should have been a second straight shutout.
Forgive us, then, if we’re not exactly in a celebratory mood following a 30-7 win for the University of Louisville football team, which remains undefeated after five games. A shot at a national championship game just became even more problematical. UofL is likely to slip a notch or two in next week’s polls.
Alas, DaVante Parker failed to score for the first time in 11 games. Even worse, he may have incurred a shoulder injury, possibly making him questionable for the game against Rutgers next Thursday.
Damian Copeland with only reception? Was someone hiding something?
- Teddy Bridgewater unfazed by any of the above, completing 25 of 35 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns. Ten different receivers in on the action.
- Dominique Brown overpowering the defense, racking up 178 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown, catching a couple of passes for 18 more yards.
- Terrell Floyd with five tackles and an interception. Preston Brown and Marcus Smith with five and four tackles, respectively. Lorenzo Mauldin with three tackles behind the line of scrimmage, good for minus 23 yards.
With Rutgers coming to town, there are obviously some serious issues that Coach Charlie Strong needs to address over the next five days. Getting his team excited about playing Rutgers won’t be one of them.