Battle At The Bottom

by Paul Sykes

When a football game is notable because it’s a battle between the cellar dwellers of the Big East Conference, well, one has to be a hard-nosed football fanatic and love the school to take it seriously.

That is unless one admits the clash between Louisville and Syracuse could be a real donnybrook. These teams and coaches are backed into their respective corners and are desperate for respect.

Tale of the tape:

Offense

  • Scoring — Syracuse seventh in the Big East with 20.3 points per game, Louisville last at 19.
  • Total Offense — Louisville sixth with 360.3 yards per game, Syracuse last, 309.6.
  • Rushing — Louisville sixth with 1,339 yards, Syracuse last, 1,021.
  • Passing — Louisville fifth with 211.6 yards per game, Syracuse last, 196.1.

Defense

  • Scoring Defense — Louisville seventh allowing 26.4 points, Syracuse last, 28.4.
  • Total Defense — Louisville sixth allowing 360.8 yards per game, Syracuse last, 376.2.
  • Rushing Defense — Syracuse first, allowing 106.4 yards per game, Louisville last, 150.2.
  • Passing Defense — Louisville fourth, allowing 204.4 yards per game, Syracuse last, 269.8.

Give Louisville a 6-2 advantage in the totals but remember Charlie Brown’s response to Lucy, “Tell your statistics to shut up.”



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Paul Sykes

Paul Sykes owns Paul Sykes Advertising and does contract work for other advertising and publishing firms. The proud husband of Sonja, he has a fascination with bears, bars and Cardinal sports. He's also the moderator of CardinalCouple.blogspot.com

4 thoughts on “Battle At The Bottom

  • November 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm
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    A couple of additional stats..
    Fan disenchantment: Louisville 1st., Syracuse 2nd.

    Bonehead moves by coach: Louisville 1st., Syracuse 2nd.

    Team mascot appeal: Syracuse ist (gotta love that cute lil Orange!) Louisville 2nd.

    Worst odds of going to a bowl game: tie for last. The only bowling either of these teams is doing will be with 16 lb. balls on wooden lanes)

    Basketball coaches capacity for making asses out of themselves: Louisville 1st. Syracuse 4th (Huggins at WVU and Calhoun a UConn beat out Boeheim. No one can top what Rick pulled off with Ms. Sypher)

  • November 12, 2009 at 4:33 pm
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    I would have to think Syracuse won the disenchanted fan base race a long time ago.

    • November 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm
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      Not so if you go by who has been good more lately.

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