Western Kentucky (@4.1) vs Louisville (@1.22)

Our Prediction:

Louisville will win

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

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.

If he cant go, I would expect to see up to three different quarterbacks. At 0-2, they dont have much to lose and they might as well get him legit game experience for the future. Eckels was injured on the last offensive play of the game for the Toppers and is listed as a game time decision for this weekend. Hes one of the highest rated recruits to ever sign with WKU and hes the only other quarterback they have that had a FBS offer coming out of high school. Personally, I think they should go with true freshman Kevaris Thomas.

The Cardinals have been penalized on offense 18 times for 168 yards so far this year, which has them 15th in the country in penalties. As a team they have accumulated a total of 40 1st downs this season, ranking them 85th overall as an offensive unit. They've run 63 times, averaging 3.6 yards per rush as a unit. His quarterback rating this season is 108. Jawon Pass has completed 28 throws while attempting 53 passes for a completion percentage of 52.8%. He averages 4.6 adjusted yards per throw and 6.4 yards per pass attempt. They are 99th in Division 1 in points scored with 45. The Cardinals have run for 226 yards as a team, which ranks 108th in the nation. He has passed for 341 yards this year. They have run 124 plays this year for 642 yards, which ranks them 77th in the nation in total offense. The Louisville Cardinals average 5.2 yards per play, which is 96th in college football.

Maximize their possessions with defensive rebounding and limiting turnovers, and the offense will take off. Kentucky has shot better lately it takes very few 3s, but the Wildcats are making 36 percent of them, a reasonable clip. Hes raw, but has a chance to become a difference-maker by March. Knox and Hamidou Diallo form one of the best wing duos in the country; Diallo is improving rapidly.

Coaches Poll

His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene. You can imagine how that went. Joes claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: hes predicted the correct national championship game twice and picked the wrong winner both times.

Wideout Lucky Jackson had one of the better games of his career this past weekend though with four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Starting quarterback Drew Eckels, who has looked solid at times (when hes had time to throw) under center is questionable with an upper body injury after taking a beating against Maine. That injury is partially due to WKUs young offensive line still figuring things out. WKUs offense just needs to start putting together complete games. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are coming off a loss to FCS foe Maine which was one of the more depressing results for the program in recent history.

The Cardinals have an over/under record of 1-1-0 and they are 0-2-0 against the spread. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers travel to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to take on the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Hilltoppers have an ATS record of 1-1-0 while their over/under record is 1-1-0. The opening line for this game has Louisville as 20 point favorites.

Evan Sayner mans the other tackle spot and they combine for a solid team when it comes to stuffing run plays. Hes a stocky guy with a similar build to former Card DeAngelo Brown. Jeremy Darvin is the guy that really stands out with this group at defensive tackle. The defensive front for the Toppers had a solid game against Wisconsin but in week two, they werent able to build on that success like you would expect against a FCS opponent. He plays extremely hard and has a knack for beating blockers and closing quickly on his target.

Thats obviously not what they need to balance out the offense, so the search still continues. The Toppers probably needed to figure out their running back situation against Maine last week but they still dont seem to know who they want to be the top guy or even the top two guys. DeAndre Firby is a veteran big back who leads the running backs with 4.67 yards per carry. Marquez Trigg is listed as the other or starter but he only has 10 yards on his 8 carries.

Dog of the day

So Snider, a senior, should give Louisville a clear edge at that position. Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander arent stars, but theyll present a much tougher challenge than those teams. But hes thrown up his fair share of duds in his first five games of the season, he shot 29.5 percent. Hes been excellent during Louisvilles six-game winning streak, but the best opponent the Cards have faced in that span is Indiana.

They have given up a total of 730 yards on D, which is 68th in the nation. They have had 16 penalties for 156 yards on defense this year. The Louisville Cardinals rush defense has given up 92 attempts for 396 yards this season, putting them in 101st place in the country against the run. The Louisville Cardinals pass defense has also surrendered a total of 334 yards in the air, which is 38th overall in total pass defense. The Cardinals are 78th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. That places them 109th in Division 1. Louisville is 95th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 58. Opponent offenses have completed 20 throws on 38 attempts against the Louisville defense this season, ranking them 11th and 12th in the country.