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Midseason review: Louisville

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Is it possible that Louisville is better than its 2-4 record?

After all, the Cardinals nearly won at Kentucky, were in the game late at Utah and moved the ball very effectively last week at Connecticut.

Then again, the team hasn't been good enough to take advantage of opportunities. It ranks last or next-to-last in the Big East in several key categories, including scoring, rushing defense, sacks and red zone offense. So Louisville is probably right where it should be record-wise, and with some tough games remaining (Cincinnati, South Florida and West Virginia), the heat will only increase on Steve Kragthorpe.

Offensive MVP: Scott Long. The senior receiver gives the Cardinals the big-play threat they lacked last year when he was hurt. Long is averaging 16.7 yards per catch and has 468 receiving yards and a touchdown this season.

Defensive MVP: Jon Dempsey. The senior linebacker is second in the Big East in tackles and had 16 stops last weekend against UConn.