The battle for the Bluegrass State begins at 7:00 pm EST tomorrow night as the Louisville Cardinals invade Lexington tomorrow night. Kentucky will try to hand Louisville their fifth straight loss in the series between the two rivalries with a victory in front of their home crowd. Both teams have played two games so let's look at how the two teams will match up Saturday.
Louisville enters the matchup coming off of a loss to Florida International. The Cards lost to FIU 24-17. The won their season opener by defeating Murray State 21-9.
Kentucky enters the matchup with a 2-0 record. The Wildcats beat Central Michigan last week 27-13, and knocked off Western Kentucky in the season opener 14-3.
Louisville's offense is averaging 19.0 points a game. The Cardinal offense has ran up a total of 831 on 156 plays. Out of that 831 yards, only 242 of those came on the ground. The rest came from Louisville's passing game.
The Cardinals have spread it even on the ground and the air. They have rushed the ball 78 times and have passed the same amount of times. Louisville has converted 17 out of 36 third downs this season. They also have 4 out of their 6 trips to the red zone.
Louisville QB Will Stein has completed 47 of his passes this season with 4 of those being for touchdowns. Stein has thrown only 1 of the Cards 2 inteceptions on the season. Victor Anderson leads the Cards in rushing with 90 yards and 1 touchdown.
Kentucky's offense averages 20.5 points a game. The Wildcats have amassed a total of 534 yards on 106 plays. They have rushed for 323 yards while only passing 211 yards.
TheCats are very much a running team. They have rushed the ball 70 times and have passed the ball 36 times. UK has converted only 6 out of 24 third downs this season. They also have 2 out of their 4 trips to the red zone.
Kentucky QB Morgan Newton has completed 16 of his passes this season with 2 of those being for touchdowns. Newton has thrown 4 interceptions the season. Josh Clemons leads the Cats in rushing with 165 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Cards have three receivers with over 100 yards of receiving in their 2 games. Chichestor, Harris, and Parker have all eclipsed the century mark. La' Rod King is the only UK player to break the 100 yard barrier. UK will be without sophomore back Raymond Sanders who injured his knee. Sanders has 97 rushing yards on the season.
Louisville has not recovered a fumble this season but has intercepted opponents 3 times. They allowed an average of 16.5 points per game. In two games the Cards have gave up 188 yards rushing and 396 yards in the air. They have 14 tackles for loss.
Like Louisville, UK has not recovered a fumble this season. They have intercepted opponents 6 times. They allowed an average of 8points per game. In two games the Cats have gave up 229 yards rushing and 388 yards in the air. They have 11 tackles for loss.
I really have not known what to expect out of this UK squad. This could be the game that they break out. It would be great if they did. Both UK and UL have played sluggish in their 2 games this year. The only difference is that UK has found a way to win both of their games. I look for UL to make UK pass the ball tomorrow. The receiving crew better catch some passes. UK gets 5 in a row and wins 24-20.