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

Our Prediction:

Louisville will win

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

DeAngelo Malone is another guy that flashed on the screen a lot in the first two games for the Toppers. Hes a tall and long defensive end that has been able to get around the edge and get to the quarterback a couple of times. Jones is a former linebacker that bulked up last year and still shows that athletic ability that you would hope he would hold onto after the position change. Both of these guys will provide a solid challenge for Louisvilles tackles. I think their best combination is Malone with Juwuan Jones on the other side. Hes also been used a couple of times in coverage and his athleticism jumps out at you.

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.

Maine went on to outscore WKU 31-7 through the last three quarters and the Toppers have more questions than answers headed into their second game against a power five school. Western Kentucky had to feel pretty good about their team after the first quarter of their game against Maine last weekend. Then the rest of the game happened. They were up 21-0 after having a solid game against a very good Wisconsin team the week before.

The same really goes for the week two win where they did what they were supposed to in holding an FCS team to seven points. Nevertheless, Louisville always has some electric players in their secondary who can take a pick back to the house if they get one. This year, Rodjay Burns is someone who falls into that category. Theres only so much that you can glean from that week one game where they gave up 51 points to the top team in the nation. Defensively, Louisvilles a little bit of a mystery.

Marshall 34, Western Kentucky 24 (Oct. 26)

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.

Therefore, the Wildcats dont really box out Richards and Washington are good athletes, but theyre not amazing ones. Anas Mahmoud and Ray Spalding impose their will more with length and springiness than brute force, but if they crash the glass against Nick Richards and P.J. They need to body foes up. Washington, they have a chance to earn the Cardinals more possessions. Kentucky isnt just young its about as young as a team can possibly get. Explosiveness, alone, isnt going to solve their rebounding woes anyway. That cant happen against Louisville, which retrieves 33.5 percent of its own misses.

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.

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 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.

Louisville vs. Kentucky: Key questions that will decide the game

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.