The 2013 NCAA football live stream and televised games for week 15 of the schedule will feature conference championships as teams continue their push for BCS Bowl games. Among the first of the games on the slate will be the Louisville Cardinals as they play the Cincinnati Bearcats for the for the American conference championship. The latest televised and live streaming NCAA football game arrives courtesy of ESPN for sports fans to enjoy on Thursday night.
According to ESPN.com in their Dec. 5 game report, tonight’s game will be the final time that the “Keg of Nails” is on the line between Louisville and Cincinnati. The game could not only be the last meeting for that prize in the foreseeable future, but also could eliminate Cincinnati from BCS bowl contention with a Louisville win. Depending on the winner, they could also share the American Athletic Conference title if UCF loses on Saturday. Cincinnati will need a UCF loss and a win tonight in order to gain the conference’s automatic BCS bowl berth.
The Cardinals enter this contest ranked No.19, suffering only one loss all year, and that was to the UCF Knights. They’ll look to advance their case for a BCS Bowl game after the season by defeating the Bearcats tonight. Coach Charlie Strong told the media of the situation his team is in with just one loss all year:
"I don't think it's deflating (not going to a BCS game), because you're looking at a team right now who's won 10 games. You're sitting there 10-1, so we don't get to the BCS. We're going to get to another bowl game, but you can't take away what we've already accomplished with 10 wins."
Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback for Louisville, continues to get mentioned among the top potential QB picks in the 2014 NFL draft, and has guided the team to their 10-1 overall record. On the season, he’s racked up 3,268 yards passing along with 25 touchdown passes thrown on 245 of 345 completions. Damian Copeland has been among his favorite targets, with 655 yards receiving on 49 receptions, while Dominique Brown has been the main star of the rushing attack with 704 yards and 7 touchdowns on 128 carries.
For Cincinnati, they come into this matchup with a 9-2 record overall and just one loss in the conference, coming to South Florida. Their non-conference loss came in a 45-17 rout at the hands of Illinois back in early September. Since losing to South Florida though, the Bearcats have won seven straight games, bringing their momentum to this game. Louisville has won four straight, including a 34-3 win over the South Florida team that defeated Cincinnati.
The Bearcats currently rank tenth overall in the nation in terms of their defense, limiting teams to just 18.5 points per game. They also rank 15th in passing yards with 314.7 a game, thanks to senior QB Brendon Kay, who has 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns thrown on 225-of-320 completed passes. Louisville, third in the nation in defense will look to put a stop to that and hope that their own quarterback can “out-gun” his opposition on the field in what could be slick conditions tonight.
Current odds have the Cardinals favored by 3 points, a surprising drop after first opening as 7 point favorites. The over/under points total for this contest is set at 50 points for the game. Weather forecasts indicate the potential for some rough conditions as there’s a 90% chance for rain, as well as a chance of sleet mixing in late. Kickoff temperatures will be in the low 40’s with a wind chill of 33.
Thursday night’s NCAA football game featuring Louisville vs. Cincinatti has a scheduled start time of 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This American conference "Keg of Nails" game will be shown for TV viewers on ESPN in standard and hi-definition. In addition, the game will be live streaming online thanks to WatchESPN, the official sports broadband network of ESPN. See more details here for availability of the online video feed by region and cable or satellite companies.