Louisville has a 16-7 lead on Cincinnati in the battle for the Keg of Nails. Here are a few first-half observations:
Cincinnati got off to its 4-1 start thanks in large part to limiting the mistakes and taking the ball away. Well, Zach Collaros threw a pick-6 to end the first half, as Mike Evans returned the interception 63 yards for a touchdown to put the Cardinals up 16-7. For the second straight game, the Bearcats have struggled out of the gate on offense. They had six points at the break against Miami (Ohio) last time out. They also have put the ball on the ground three times, but recovered them all.
Neither offense looks terrific. Louisville has 161 yards at the break; Cincinnati has 146. As has been the story of the season for the Cardinals, they have failed to capitalize on opportunities. One big one came in the second quarter, when Louisville had to settle for a field goal after throwing incomplete on third-and-goal from the 1.
Maybe that is because both teams have good defenses. Both have gotten good pressure on the quarterbacks, and that has had an impact. Will Stein has been in on one series for the Cardinals, but Teddy Bridgewater has taken the majority of the snaps at quarterback for the Cardinals.