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BOZICH: Munchie Better Than Bridgewater? Tale of the Tape

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UC quarterback Munchie Legaux said he was a better quarterback than Teddy Bridgewater. UC quarterback Munchie Legaux said he was a better quarterback than Teddy Bridgewater.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Collin Klein can spread the word that he's a better quarterback than Teddy Bridgewater. Check his performance at Kansas State. Klein is the Heisman Trophy frontrunner.

Ditto for A.J. McCarron of Alabama and Geno Smith of West Virginia. There are others better than Bridgewater. Not many. But a few.

Is Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux a guy who should gaux around saying, "I'm better," than Teddy Bridgewater?

He did.

Asked by Bill Koch of the Cincinnati Enquirer for his thoughts about Bridgewater, Legaux offered praise for the Louisville quarterback. But he couldn't stop there.

In fact, Legaux could not stop talking without uttering six words he might end up eating when the Bearcats and Cardinals play in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium:

"I'm better. We'll see Friday night."

Thank you, Munchie. Thank you for providing a fresh storyline beyond Cincinnati's four consecutive victories over the Cardinals and taking the season one snap at a time.

Let's go to the tale of the tape to compare the two quarterbacks:

Passing Cred: Advantage Bridgewater. He sits at No. 12 in the national passing efficiency stats, 42 slots ahead of Munchie. Legaux needs to overtake Ryan Nassib (Syracuse, No. 42) and Gary Nova (Rutgers, No. 32) before he focuses on Bridgewater. He doesn't even rank in the top half of Big East quarterbacks -- and the Big East isn't filled with Dan Marinos and Joe Montanas.

Bridgewater could throw a spiral through the middle of a lug nut from 30 yards in the middle of an interstate. He's playing the position for the Cards the way that Brian Brohm, Stefan LeFors, Dave Ragone and Chris Redman played it. He'll be in the 2012 Heisman race.

Bridgewater is a 73 percent passer with 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Legaux is completing 53 percent of his throws with 12 touchdowns, but five picks. Bridgewater has thrown for 250 yards or more four times this season. Legaux has done it twice.

Next question.

Running Cred: Advantage Legaux, his total offense numbers are better than Bridgewater's by nearly 30 yards per game. He's a quarterback with halfback skills, averaging 44 yards rushing per game with three touchdowns. He burned Pittsburgh for 117 yards on six carries. There is a reason other schools recruited him to play receiver. He's dangerous.

If Louisville's defensive line does not contain him, Munchie has the skills and creativity to become the story on ESPN Friday night.

Nickname Cred: Advantage Legaux, whose real name is Benton Shannon Legaux. I searched for another college football player named "Munchie." All I could find was a 1992 comedy titled, "Munchie," that starred Loni Anderson -- and she once dated Burt Reynolds, who is friends with Lee Corso, and played college football at Florida State.

Why Munchie?

He credits his grandmother. When Legaux was a child and trying to make it without his two front teeth, his grandmother said he loved to munch on food. She took it from there.

But if Bridgewater keeps bringing Louisville back in the fourth quarter, that Teddy Icewater tag could stick. I kind of liked it. Who came up with that one, anyway?

Recruiting Cred: I thought this would be a landslide edge for Bridgewater. Not so fast. Bridgewater was a four-star catch for the Cards out of Miami, while Legaux was merely a three-star prospect coming out of high school in New Orleans. But Legaux had offers from Oregon, Kansas State and Michigan.

Not bad, Munchie, not bad. But Cincinnati over Oregon, Kansas State and Michigan. Makes me question your decision-making. How could you turn down the Ducks?

Candor Cred: Score one for Munchie. Bland is the preferred language of most college quarterbacks. Munchie delivered the best soundbite for this game. He should be thanked for that. So, thank you, Munchie, thank you.

Team Cred: Unbeaten Louisville remains No. 16 in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings. Cincinnati lost at Toledo last week, tumbling out of the BCS Top 25. Legaux struggled at Toledo, completing 15 of 36 passes with two interceptions -- one for a touchdown.

It wasn't the kind of performance that made people believe he was a better quarterback than Bridgewater, especially considering the way Bridgewater played against USF. It was the kind of performance that made Cincinnati fans miss Zach Collaros.

Street Cred: Advantage Bridgewater. He's been the more efficient and poised player all season.

Unless Munchie delivers an upset Friday night, he'll have a few words to eat.

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