I got off to a good start in predicting bowl games over the weekend, going 3-0 on the first day of the bowl season. Now things start to get a little trickier, I believe. Troy, Northern Illinois and BYU all scored sound bowl victories against their opponents. Each won by a minimum of 23 points. Talk about some yawners. This week the games become more exclusive with one game per night this week. Today we start with the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl between Louisville and Southern Mississippi, which we took a peak at yesterday on the podcast with Mark Ennis from The Collision Course.
I knew from the minute I got a chance to talk to new Louisville head coach Charlie Strong that Cardinals fans were in for a special season. Why? Because I could see the disgust in his face when talking to reporters about being picked last in the Big East. The man looked visibly sick to his stomach just thinking about being picked to finish on the bottom of the conference. Now, maybe Louisville wasn’t a team to beat in the Big East (clearly they were not) but in this conference why not Louisville? The Cardinals are heading in the right direction and I have a feeling they finish the season on a winning note.
But beating Southern Miss will not be easy. The Golden Eagles have the kind of offense that could cause Louisville some problems. The Cardinals cannot afford to get in to a shootout with their old conference rivals because they do not appear to have the fire power capable of keeping up. Now, the running game is completely different. I’m looking for Bilal Powell to get going early and take over the school record for rushing yardage in a single season before the game is over.
I’m going with Louisville to pick up a bowl win for the Big East. What about you?