With the bye week approaching we will have plenty of time to sit back and evaluate how the Louisville Football program has performed five games into the season. Let’s see how your leader and sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater stacks up against the rest of the FBS in a few areas.
Passing Completions Per Game – 46th
To me this ranking is a little skewed and maybe a tad misleading for a couple of reasons. Of the 45 quarterbacks listed above Bridgewater, more than half of them (24) have competed in less than five contests. Even a couple of guys have only hit the field three times thus far.
As it sits after these five games the Cards starting QB averages 20 pass completions per game. In the most recent match-up against Southern Miss Teddy only complete a total of nine passes in the extremely poor rainy conditions. Take that game away and Teddy is averaging 22.75 pass completions per game and that average would rank him in the top 25 in the country. That seems a bit more like it. Expect this number to gradually improve as Louisville’s passing game progresses along with the season.
Total Passing Yards – 38th
At first glance this ranking seems to feel about right to me. That is in no way a reflection of Teddy Bridgewater as a quarterback, but more in part on the Cards rushing game being an integral part of their offense while they amass an average of just under 170 rushing yards per game.
Every game counts and I would never want to appear to make excuses. However, if you take away the mess in Hattiesburg and pencil in Teddy’s per game average from the first four contests, he’d be hovering right around the top 20 mark.
Passing Efficiency – 24th
This is an area that just three games into the season helped propel the name Teddy Bridgewater into some conversations involving Heisman talk. Then came the FIU game…followed up by the Southern Miss game. After those first three games Teddy had a 184.14 average QB Rating. Today that average would award him the 2nd highest QB Rating in the country behind WVU’s Geno Smith; the leading Heisman Trophy candidate. While this is another area that should improve as the season progresses, it’s a ranking that is still well above average.