The Daily Record recently did an article on tonight’s matchup of two defensive minded head coaches in Greg Schiano and Charlie Strong.
To begin the season, Schiano took over defensive coordinator duties for Rutgers, while Vance Bedford holds the defensive coordinator title for Louisville.
“Me being a defensive guy, Greg and I are good friends and we’ve seen over the years what has happened (with defenses). He does a good job of (defensive) pressure and he knows how to take advantage of weaknesses of an offense. Because one thing when you bring pressure is you have to know when is the right time and how to continuously bring it, and he does.” Strong said of Schiano.
Strong’s words prompted us to take a look at just how similar the two defenses are. It’s evident that they both like to bring pressure, with the Scarlet Knights ranking 4th nationally in tackles for loss (8.5), and the Cardinals close behind at 6th (8.3). Rutgers is allowing only 16 points per game (12th), with Louisville allowing 17.6 points per game (16th). The two defenses’ are also within a remarkable 3 yards of each other in total defense with Louisville at 303.5 per game and at Rutgers giving up only 305.8.
The biggest difference defensively seems to be between the two in turnover margin with Rutgers 1st at 2.17 and Louisville 96th at -.67.
All things considered, this should be great game between two of the country’s best defensive minds.