by Paul Sykes

When was University of Louisville football team ever a 17-pont underdog to Cincinnati? Gloomy prospects ahead for Charlie Strong’s crew up the Ohio River.

UC leads the Big East offense with 45 points per game while giving up only 71 yards per game.

Those looking for a repeat of the 14-7 Cardinal performance last weekend may need to turn off their TV sets after the first quarter. For those attending, know that Paul Brown Stadium holds over 65,000. Those deciding at the last moment to make the 90 minute trek to Cincy will find ample tickets at the box offices and probably even better deals in the parking lot.

Zach Collaros was the leading passer in the conference last year. Even he is disappointed about having to leave Nippert Stadium for the Keg of Nails, stating that “we feel we have a real bond and love the surroundings in a sold out Nippert with our fans.”

Also back from the 35-27 UC win last year is running back Isaiah Pead. He ran for 145 against the Cards, and is averaging 6.7 yards a carry. He rambled for 167 against NC State.

Seventeen points seems way too generous for a Bearcat margin. The Cardinal defense, despite it’s youth and shaky secondary, might just hold UC to 17. Let’s just hope Shawn Watson can wake up the Rip Van Winkles.

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By 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