On Friday September 13, the Louisville Cardinals were named a 14 point favorite over the Kentucky Wildcats. With the renewed passion in the Kentucky program, the Wildcats have a chance to pull off the biggest win of the season. They are hosting a rival team that’s been beating them down in recent years. A win in this position would set the tone for future success. Louisville is trying to get through the season undefeated.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats
When: Saturday, September 14, 12 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Stadium
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been as advertised in his first two games. The seventh ranked Cardinals are fourth in passing offense with over 400 yards per game. Teddy Bridgewater already has nine touchdown passes and completing close to 77 percent on the year. They also rush for 138 yards per game.
Bridgewater has some fine wide receivers, especially with Devante Parker leading the way. The weapons on the outside are fast and can go up and make catches with the best of them. Overall, this is one of the most talented and well rounded offenses in the country.
Defensively, the Cardinals are in the top 20 in both categories. So far, they are holding opponents to under 100 yards rushing per game. They should have their hands full with the Kentucky offense on Saturday.
The Wildcats are under a new regime, and they are displaying balance after the first two games. They are averaging more than 300 yards passing while, gaining close to 240 yards on the ground.
Kentucky is utilizing the dual quarterback system very well early in the season. A big part of the running game is quarterback Jalen Whitlow. Along with Maxwell Smith, the sophomores have been producing at a high clip. However, this is to be their toughest test this season.
Defensively, Kentucky has to stop the Louisville passing game. If they let Teddy Bridgewater get going early like recent years, the game could turn into another blowout loss.
By the time this game is over, we will see major improvement by the Kentucky Wildcats program. Still, they aren’t ready to cash in on this upset bid. Louisville will win to remain undefeated.