Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 10/25/12
Tonight is the annual meeting between the Louisville Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bearcats. I'm excited for the game, you are excited and my guest at this time is excited. That man is Mark Ennis. He is Mengus22 on twitter. I'm sure a lot of you follow him already. He runs the Big East blog Big East Coast Bias on SB Nation.  Mark is very knowledgeable about the league, but especially Louisville. He answered questions about Teddy Bridgewater, Lorenzo Mauldin, what UC can do to win, what Big East team will make a coaching change and more. We hit up a lot of things.  Questions in bold.  Louisville has a very good quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. What do you think makes him so awesome? The best thing about Teddy is his being cool under pressure. He's so good at moving around in the pocket, being mobile but still looking for receivers, and when necessary tucking it and running. Keeping plays alive is his biggest strength.   DeVante Parker is the Cards leading receiver, but Bridgewater gets the ball around to everyone. What guy, if any, do you think will be the key to shut down for the UC secondary?   Honestly, I'm not sure that there is one guy. If Cincinnati wants to avoid giving up the big play down the field, then yes, Parker is the guy, but Louisville has gotten production from Damian Copeland, Eli Rogers, Charles Gaines and others in the passing game. Stopping Parker, though, will still be the biggest key to slowing down the Louisville passing game.   The Cards use a 2 headed running attack with Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright. Can you talk a little about what each brings to the table?    There's not a great deal of difference between the two of them. Jeremy Wright is a bit bigger and has been the slightly more physical of the two runners. He's better in the red zone and on most short yardage down and distance plays. Perry has been the homerun guy. He's not a great deal faster than Wright, but for whatever reason has hit all the really long runs for Louisville (like the 59 yarder that put the Pittsburgh game away).  They're truly interchangeable backs.   Lindsey Lamar just ran for over 100 yards and USF controlled the ground game. Do you think such a strategy would work for Cincinnati?    Louisville has a real issue with stopping the run against teams that run spread, no-huddle offenses. So, this matchup with Cincinnati will be the toughest they've had since the North Carolina game, if not all season. South Florida isn't a spread, no-huddle team, but with two weeks to prepare, they put it together and really beat Louisville up on the defensive line. I expect Cincinnati to do much of the same thing and they should do it better than USF did, which is bad news for Louisville.   Lorenzo Mauldin has been all over the place the past couple of weeks. What's made him so successful?    Mauldin's been a revelation for Louisville on defense. His ability to generate a pass rush has been a godsend. What makes him so unique is his ability to stay balanced and contort his body in pass-rushing. If you watch the Pitt game, particularly, he get under the tackle and be almost parallel to the ground, but maintain his footing and get around him for the sack. He seems to be a natural pass rusher. His issue is learning to be stout against the run.    Andrew Johnson didn't play against South Florida. Is he expected back Friday night?   Yeah, his absence was mainly a disciplinary issue and I expect he'll be back in action on Friday night. He's a very talented kid, but has to mature and the coaches used last week to humble him a bit.    Instead of asking you to pick a winner, let me ask you this. What do you think has to go right for Louisville to win and what do you think has to go right for Cincinnati to win?    For Louisville, the biggest thing they have to do is get off the field on 3rd down. They're currently allowing opponents to convert around 45% of 3rd down attempts and that wears out, and frustrates, a defense. Louisville has to stay ahead of the chains, get a pass rush, and tackle well in space on 3rd down.    For Cincinnati, they've got to defend the Louisville running game well. If Louisville has balance, is constantly in 2nd down and short, and can throw from play-action, there are few defenses that can run with all of the receivers.    What's your favorite Keg of Nails game?   Personally, I'll always be a fan of the 70-7 game. Cincinnati came out, stomped the bird, pissed off Bobby Petrino, and got their heads kicked in. That's just me speaking as a fan and graduate of Louisville. In terms of a great game, the 2010 game where Bilal Powell literally couldn't be tackled and no receiver for Cincinnati could be covered, was as fun of a football game as there is to watch. I'm hoping this game is closer to 2010 than 2004, for both team's sake.   If you don't mind, a couple of quick questions about the rest of the league.    Rutgers looks like they are going to be near the top of the standings all year. Do you think they can make it through the last 3 Big East games undefeated?    I do. Rutgers is like having our own little SEC team in the Big East. The offense is really only so-so, but the defense and special teams are really lights out. They get a ton of turnovers and points out of the special teams units. So, having already beaten Syracuse and South Florida, I'm feeling pretty good about Rutgers being 11-0 when the season ends on that Thursday night against Louisville.    Syracuse has played better in recent weeks. Despite their killer 4 of 5 games on the road to close the season, do you think they can get bowl eligible?   I don't think they'll beat Louisville or Cincinnati, but it doesn't seem impossible to me that Syracuse could beat Temple, Missouri, and South Florida to get bowl eligible.     The word around USF and UConn hasn't been about the on the field product as much as it's turned to off the field decisions. Do you think either school will make a coaching move?   South Florida seems much more likely to make a move than UConn, for a couple of reasons. First, this is year three for Skip Holtz and year three has kind of become the standard for making coaching decisions. Second, as has been reported now, there's real unrest among the USF board of trustees about the performance of the football team. You're not hearing much of that out of UConn. Right now it looks mostly like fan outrage in Storrs. Third, USF is struggling to produce while their dream candidate (Willie Taggart, who is from the area) is killing it at Western Kentucky. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses. If they miss the postseason again, I think USF will make a move. UConn, on the other hand, I think a bunch of coordinator changes are in order but Pasqualoni is safe.   Temple is in the league. I don't have a question about them, so how is your baby?   Haha, she's fantastic. I grew up with my mom, dad, and two brothers, so being outnumbered in a house with a wife and daughter is actually a lot nicer than I expected. She's healthy and actually a really engaging kid for just seven months old. Being a dad is fantastic.    Can you tell the fine people who read this where they can catch you on your various radio hosting duties?    Yeah, we do all our work on ESPN 680 here in Louisville. We're on for two hours before every home football game and immediately afterward for postgame calls. We also do postgame shows for basketball once that gets up and running. During the week, on Mondays (and soon another day of the week) Mike Rutherford (of Card Chronicle) and I host "The Two Man Game" from 6:00-8:00 and talk just about anything. You can also listen online at ESPNLouisville.com.    Thanks a lot, Mark. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. You are the best.    There you have it. The man himself, Mark Ennis. When you write a blog, you always like to have people like Mark in your corner. He's a good dude. If you aren't following him on twitter, you are really missing out. I'll link it again. He's @mengus22. You should tell him how great this interview was. I'm sure he'll enjoy hearing that. Thanks again to Mark Ennis. Enjoy the game.   I have no idea what site that picture is from. It looked defunct. 
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