Player of the week

I believe they call this saving your best for last.

Or, in the case of this award, the easiest.

As layups go, it doesn't get any closer to choosing a Big East player of the week than this week, as Teddy Bridgewater erased any and all doubt about who is the conference's best offensive player and, by extension, its best team.

Playing on a bum right ankle and with a fractured left wrist, Bridgewater — who did not practice, did not start and almost didn't play — lifted Louisville out of a 14-3 second-half hole Thursday night at Rutgers, throwing two touchdown passes to clinch the 20-17 win, a share of the Big East title and the conference's BCS berth.

Louisville will face Florida in the Sugar Bowl, and it has Bridgewater to thank for that.

He completed 20 of 28 passes for 263 yards, and he was named Big East offensive player of the week for his efforts.

Bridgewater will get one more chance to make a national statement on Jan. 2 against one of the nation's best defenses. But rest assured, the reigning conference freshman of the year will be on the radars of many entering his junior season, as he will likely be among the preseason frontrunners for next season's Heisman Trophy.

Games like Thursday's illustrate why.