Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Big East Preview: Belk Bowl

Louisville v NC State:  The Cardinals are looking to finish off what ended up being a successful season.  Sure, there is some disappointment in not reaching the BCS, but after starting 2-4 finishing the season in a solid bowl game is a good season.  Much can be said for NC State as well.  After a late season loss to lowly Boston College, the Wolfpack turned it around with wins over Clemson and Maryland.  The Pack should also have a solid crowd, considering the campus is just a few hours from Charlotte.  Both teams have offenses that have awoken lately.  Teddy Bridgewater has had a nice freshman campaign...one that shows his future is brighter than the North Star.  Look for Louisville to go right to the ground.  The Pack allowed nearly 200 yards on the ground the last game, so they may have to stack the box early.  If this happens, look for Bridgewater to then go to the air.  While the Cards' offense has done better lately, the defense has been one of the best all year.  Louisville will force tough 3rd downs and mistakes that could become the difference late in this game.  Expect a close one early, especially if Mike Glennon can play mistake-free.  But, the difference will be the Louisville defense late, which will create the opportunities the offense needs to close it out.

Prediction:  27-20 Louisville

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