Alabama vs. Louisville fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Alabama (0-0) vs. Louisville (0-0) Game Preview
When we last saw Alabama have to deal with Louisville, the Cardinals came up with a 34-7 walloping in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.
When we last saw Bobby Petrino have to deal with Alabama, he was the head coach at Arkansas. He went 0-for-4 in his four cracks, with three of them ugly blowouts.
When we last saw Alabama, it was pulling off one of the greatest plays in college football history to beat Georgia for the national title.
When we last saw Louisville, Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals struggled in a 31-27 TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Mississippi State.
If Alabama is Alabama from the start, we might not see this game for too long, considering it’s going against Michigan vs. Notre Dame at the same time.
It’s up to Louisville to pull off a stunner and keep this close.
One Reason Why Louisville Will Win
Attack, attack, attack.
It’s Alabama, so it replaces superstar talent with more superstar talent, but even for this defense, using Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison is going to hurt.
Boo hoo, at least 120 other teams would take the Crimson Tide secondary in a heartbeat, but this could be the one area of relative vulnerability, and the Cardinals can’t be afraid to give it a shot.
The Louisville defense won’t be able to hold up for a full four quarters, so the passing game has to try taking control. New starting quarterback Jawon Pass might not be Lamar Jackson, but he’s been in the system and he knows what he’s doing.
He’s got NFL size and pro-potential tools, and he has to show them off with the loaded receiving corps to work with. If the Cardinals don’t have the best receiving corps in the ACC, they have a close No. 2.
It all has to work.
One Reason Why Alabama Will Win
Alabama is going to bash away from the start.
Louisville’s run defense wasn’t miserable last season, but it wasn’t anything special as it allowed 163 yards per game. Worst of all, it allowed a whole lot of yards on plays early on leading to easy third down tries.
This year, the Cardinals are going JUCO heavy up front for the bulk, but the D line is going to be a wee bit of a concern to kick things off.
There might be a few new parts on the Bama offensive front, and tackle Matt Womack is expected to miss the game with a broken foot, but tackle Jonah Williams might just be the best player in college football, and Ross Pierschbacher is one of the best interior blockers in the game.
With Damien Harris, Najee Harris, and an unfair group of backs to use to pound away, the ground game should dominate, controlling the clock and the game throughout.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s not just going to be the running game. The passing attack will work for Alabama, too.
Everything will be set up for Tua Tagovailoa to hit all the throws he must to turn this into a rout by the second quarter, and Jalen Hurts will get to do his part, too.
Forget about all of the quarterback drama; the Tide machine will be turned on.
But Louisville will get the passing attack going just enough in the second half to keep this from getting brutally ugly. The Cardinal O will push back just enough yardage-wise to make Nick Saban made, but Alabama has won all of its last 11 openers by double-digits.
Bama will do that again.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Alabama 38, Louisville 10
Line: Alabama -24.5, o/u: 60.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3.5
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