Check out the Louisville vs. Kentucky fearless prediction and game preview.
Louisville (9-2) vs. Kentucky (6-5) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY
Bowl and Conference Implications
Louisville should be near-lock for the Orange Bowl with a win and if Clemson wins the ACC championship. Kentucky became bowl eligible last week with a blowout win over Austin Peay.
What’s Going To Happen?
Louisville almost certainly wasn’t going to get into the College Football Playoff without a massive break or three, Houston put the nail in the coffin with a dominant, blowout 36-10 win last week. However, it doesn’t really matter.
The ACC has to send a team to the Orange Bowl, and if Clemson wins the title game next week, the Cardinals would likely be the next choice up if it beats Kentucky.
The Wildcats finally are playing with house money now, finally getting bowl eligible in the Mark Stoops era with a win last week, after gagging away the last month of the season in each of the last two years with bowl eligibility on the line.
Beat Louisville, and all of a sudden the season that held so much potential a few weeks ago – the SEC East was there for the taking if the Cats could’ve beaten Georgia and Tennessee – becomes fantastic.
Kentucky’s running game is explosive, steady, and now dangerous for an offense that has scored 35 points or more in four of the last five games with 250 rushing yards or more in five of the last six.
And now it has to get rolling against a grouchy Louisville team looking to make amends for last week’s embarrassment.
Can the Cats generate the rushing attack needed to pull this off? Nope.
As bad as the Cardinals were last week, the run defense got the job done, and it’s been dominant all throughout the second half, allowing fewer than 100 yards on the ground in each of the last six games – and Kentucky isn’t going to get it rolling this week.
Can the Cats generate the pass rush and camp out in the backfield like Houston did last week? Probably not.
It wasn’t 100% the offensive line’s fault that Lamar Jackson couldn’t get the O rolling against the Cougars, but it was 96% of the issue. That’ll change this week.
Kentucky isn’t bad, and it’ll be jacked up in the rivalry moment, but this will be Jackson’s Heisman rebound. Louisville will be back to being Louisville with an impressive second quarter run to help take the sting off of last Thursday’s bombing.
Louisville vs. Kentucky Prediction
Louisville 45, Kentucky 20
Louisville -26, o/u: 74.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Store bought anything – 1: Homemade anything … 3
Must See Rating: 5: NFL kickers attempting extra points – 1: Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love … 3