Prior to the win over Rutgers, Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson’s play-calling was a big topic of conversation amongst Louisville fans. Despite moving the ball over 400-yards and punting only one time, the Cards managed to score just 24-points.
I can only speak for myself, but I thought the play-calling was much better on Friday against Central Florida, despite the loss. The Cards passed the ball 60% of the time, which in my opinion fits the personnel of the offense. I think we can all agree that offense wasn’t the big problem on Friday night.
Louisville’s offense ranks 17th in the country with 497-yards per game, which is pretty solid if you ask me. While they’ve had no trouble moving the ball, they’re certainly not in any hurry.
According to CoachesByTheNumbers.com, Louisville is one of the slowest playing teams in the country. Only five teams are averaging fewer plays per minute.
Controlling the time of possession and eating clock doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. However, with a guy like Teddy Bridgewater under center, speeding up the game and establishing rhythm doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
Louisville is one of only six teams that is completing more than 70% of their passes, which would leave you to believe that a heavier dose of passing could work in their favor.