Kansas State @ Lousiville, 8PM EST on ESPN2
The fourth weekend of the season gets an early start, with the first Wednesday night game of the season matching Kansas State (2-0) and Louisville (1-1). The Wildcats haven't been tested in either of their two wins over North Texas and Montana State, so this should be a nice road test before they dive into Big 12 play. As for the Cardinals, their test (and defeat) came in their season opener, an embarassing 27-2 home loss to rival Kentucky. But they recorved in their last game, a 51-10 pasting of Tennessee Tech.
Kansas State QB Josh Freeman is second in the Big 12 in pass efficiency right now (209.3 pass rating), which isn't a small achievement when you look at the roster of quarterbacks in that league. But as was noted earlier, the Wildcats really haven't been challenged. As for who he'll get the ball too, look for Brandon Banks and Aubrey Quarles to get plenty of touches, as they're both in the top ten in the Big 12 in regards to all-purpose yards.
As for Louisville, all the hype coming into the season on offense surrounded QB Hunter Cantwell, who was finally getting the keys to the Lousiville attack after patiently waiting behind Brian Brohm. But redshirt freshman Victor Anderson has been a pleasant addition as well, ranking fourth in the Big East in rushing (72.5 yards per game). And don't forget about Brock Bolen, who had two touchdowns in their win over Tennessee Tech. And in a reversal of their fortunes in 2007, the Cardinals presently lead the Big East in total defense.
As for who wins this game, I like Louisville because of the home field advantage but the game should be close.
Weekly Honors for Week Three
- USC was named FWAA/Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Team of the Week.
The Trojans received the honor thanks to their 35-3 pasting of then-#5 Ohio State. Also nominated were BYU (59-0 shutout of UCLA) and UNLV (23-20 overtime win at then-#15 Arizona State).
- Wisconsin LB DeAndre Levy was named Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week.
The senior from Milwaukee racked up nine tackles (four of which were for loss), one pass breakup and an interception in the Badgers' 13-10 win at Fresno State.
Injury news regarding Missouri safety William Moore
Head coach Gary Pinkel categorized the senior All-America candidate as "probable to doubtful" for the Tigers' game against Buffalo on Saturday due to a sprained foot suffered in their win over Nevada.