Western Kentucky (@4.1) vs Louisville (@1.22)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Louisville will win

Western Kentucky – Louisville Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 16:00

Its easy to see why all of those offenses wanted him because he is a burner. If I were in Mike Sanfords shoes, I would keep trying to find a way to get Garland LaFrance the football. LaFrance is a true freshman that had offers from Texas Tech, TCU, Colorado State and Troy. He caught a 75 yard touchdown pass off of a swing pass against Maine. He has the most carries with 9 in two games but he also has 7 catches on the season. He can really get moving when he gets in to space and all of these offenses work to get that done for their fastest players.

But you cant mourn for too long. The mood after the (Maine) game we were kinda embarrassed that we lost to a team that we were, obviously, much better than. You got 24 hours to mourn about the loss, so we kinda upbeat now.

Louisville (1-1) vs. WKU (0-2) Game Preview

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Pass and Malik Cunningham are both solid runners, so Masai Whyte and Ben Holt need to be prepared to chase them down when they get chased out of the pocket. On the flip side, WKUs defense more or less needs to do the same thing. Hopefully we some rapid improvement from the Tops offensive line to combat that so their offense can get going. Overall, we know Louisvilles defense is going to bring a lot of pressure on whoever plays quarterback for WKU.

That said, Diallo is one of the best athletes in the country, and Knox has the physical tools and craft to take on any shot-swatter. If they fly out of bounds, no harm. The key for Kentucky ball-handlers: be persistent. So what? Mahmoud with two fouls in the second half is a lot more dangerous than Mahmoud with four fouls in the second half. Mahmoud and Spalding will rack up some blocks. Keep attacking, and get those guys in foul trouble.

Western Kentucky 38, Middle Tennessee 34 (Nov. 30)

I dont think the Tops keep pace in this one. For seven of the first eight quarters of this season, WKU has looked like a team that struggles to score points. Louisville might not have a Heisman winner under center anymore, but theres still plenty of talent at their skill positions and Bobby Petrino offenses know how to score lots of points.

The Hilltoppers have committed 14 penalties for 110 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. Opposing offenses have completed 29 passes on 60 attempts against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defense this season, placing them 35th and 63rd in the country. The Western Kentucky pass defense has also given up a total of 439 yards through the air, which is 71st overall in total pass defense. That ranks them 67th in the nation. They have surrendered a total of 817 yards on D, which is 91st in Division 1. The Hilltoppers are ranked 96th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Western Kentucky is 102nd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 65. Their rushing defense has allowed 78 attempts for 378 yards this year, putting them in 97th place in D-1 against the run.

From a passing standpoint, Eckels has been very hot and cold. The only real question with him is his consistency. He can also throw pretty well on the run. He was solid against a very good Wisconsin defense and had some plays where his receivers let him down. Against Maine, he was able to push the ball down the field more and he looked very good early in the game. He has the arm strength to throw it anywhere on the field and puts good touch on his deep ball. He also missed some guys down the field that could have led to scores.

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They've totaled 86 punt return yards and average 28.7 yards per return, which is 7th in D-1. Louisville is 70th in the country in punt returns with 3. Louisville kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 6 for 6 this season. That ranks them 26th in the NCAA in punting average. Their punters have accumulated 625 yards on 14 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. They have returned 6 kicks for 124 yards on special teams, which puts them 41st in kick return yardage. The Cardinals average 21 yards per kick return and they are 87th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 852.

The offensive line for the Toppers played very well against Wisconsin but was the biggest weak point for the offense against Maine. This offensive line doesnt have great size but it fits what they want to do with stretch runs and screen throws. Maine was able to get to Eckels six times and forced a fumble that they returned for a touchdown. They can get out and block in space and they might see some success with that against an aggressive Louisville defense. How that happens is beyond me but the numbers and the video dont lie. They also held shut down the WKU running game which you just dont typically see from an FCS team. I also wouldnt be surprised to see them try to help the line by working in a good amount of short passes to the running backs and their very talented tight end, MikQuan Deane.

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