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3:32 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

College Football: Big East Title, Bowl Bid At Stake As Cards Visit Rutgers

The University of Louisville football team will play this week for a share of the Big East Conference championship and a likely berth in a top-tier bowl.

The Cards travel to Rutgers Thursday for a nationally televised game.

U of L has lost two straight games after a 9-0 start, but coach Charlie Strong says his players have not lost confidence as they prepare for their regular season finale.

"We know there’s going to be a tough crowd there, it’s going to be a packed crowd for us. But we have to understand, this is for it all, this is for the championship. And it’s what you come to college for, this is what you dream about, and this is what it’s all about. Having a chance to play for a championship," Strong said Monday.

A win over number 25 Rutgers would result in at least a three-way tie for the conference title, but U of L would likely secure the Big East’s automatic BCS bowl bid based on rankings.

Thursday’s kickoff is 7:30pm.

Strong says quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play. He suffered a broken left wrist and an ankle injury in Saturday's triple-overtime loss to Connecticut.