LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CBSMiami) – South Florida may have a Heisman Trophy candidate this year, but he doesn’t play for any school in the Sunshine State.
Former Miami Northwestern star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is entering his last season at Louisville and announced his Heisman candidacy with authority on Sunday with a 49-7 thumping of the Ohio University Bobcats.
Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes before he threw an incomplete pass on Sunday. He finished the Ohio game completing 23 of 28 passes for 355 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception.
Bridgewater’s first touchdown pass was throwing across his body while running to the left. His throw had plenty of zip and it looked like he simply flicked his wrist to throw it. Overall, Louisville outgained Ohio 615-273 in the game.
Bridgewater said after the game that he didn’t care about his stats, all he cared about was getting the win.
“I’m all about this team executing,” Bridgewater said. “At the end of the day, I play the game to build a relationship with guys in the locker room and to win games. As far as individual stats, I couldn’t care less. If I go 0-for-25, I just want to win the game.”
Not that there was any doubt who would win this game, but Louisville completely dominated the Bobcats in every phase of the game and didn’t allow a touchdown until the end of the third quarter.
Louisville is a dark horse national championship contender. The school faces a long road because of the bad conference it is in this season.
Looking ahead at Louisville’s schedule, the only game that might be a challenge for the Cardinals is the season-finale against Cincinnati in Cincinnati and possibly a mid-October matchup with UCF in Louisville.
The rest of the games should see Louisville favored by double-digits through the season. The weak schedule is good and bad for Bridgewater’s Heisman candidacy.
On the one hand, Bridgewater should be able to completely dominate his competition through the rest of the season. On the other, if he doesn’t put up numbers like he did against Ohio each and every week, his candidacy may be weakened against a contender from a power conference like the SEC or Pac-12.