College Football Scores: Louisville Displays Weak Big East Defense, Cincinnati's Saves The Day
The Big East was front and center tonight. One team impressed, the other did not.
First, the good. Cincinnati's defense worked over Oregon State, a Pac-10 team many AP voters placed in the Top 20. I suspected that was a mistake, now we know for sure. They have no quarterback.
The Big East is full of bad defenses, but just don't include the Bearcats in that category. Cincinnati played the 2nd toughest schedule in the country last season, yet finished among the Top 30 defenses. Hopefully, you realize that's impressive. Cinci has the best D in the Big East and that was on full display tonight. Bearcats 34, Beavers 3 and the offense did very little. Watch out for Brian Kelly this season. They're going to sneak ahead of Rutgers in the Big East (IMO).
Now the bad. Mid Tennessee State rolled up 42 points and 559 yards against #8 Louisville. That's atrocious. The Blue Raiders are very well coached and have a few play makers, but that's no excuse for a team that would like to play themselves off as a national title contender. Yes, the Cardinals didn't lose to a I-AA team, but they're going to fall several spots in my rankings and if voters want to keep their privileges they'll do the same. Again, Middle Tennessee State rolled 42 points on Louisville. How many points would a California score?
Thanks to Cincinnati the Big East has some positives to draw from, but yet again the top two teams need to prove they can play some D.