Louisville vs. Virginia fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 22
Game Time: 12:30 ET
Venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA
Network: ACC Network
Louisville (2-1) vs. Virginia (2-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Louisville Will Win
The offense has to start to perk up.
There’s talent on the Cardinal attack, and going against Alabama is nasty for everyone, but the offense hasn’t – to be nice about it – played to its potential yet.
It’s overdue for a great performance.
Malik Cunningham has been good since taking over the quarterbacking reigns, hitting 7-of-8 passes against Indiana State, and throwing for 88 yards on plenty of dinks and dunks against WKU, but his running skills are the key.
He took off for 129 yards on the Hilltoppers, and he’s going to have to keep the chains moving this week with his legs as wells his arm. Last week, Virginia faced a dual-threat quarterback in Ohio’s Nathan Rourke, and he threw for 246 yards and two scores and ran for 41 yards. Cunningham is better than Rourke.
The Louisville offense is better than it’s shown so far.
One Reason Why Virginia Will Win
Yeah … the Louisville offense stinks right now.
It might be overdue, and it might not be playing up to its talent level, but it’s also struggling to get the passing game going and it can’t score.
Worse yet, the defense isn’t quite holding up its end of the bargain. Granted, it only gave up 24 points over the last two weeks to Indiana State and WKU, but that’s Indiana State and WKU.
The Virginia offense has been fantastic on third downs so far, converting on 55% of its chances including 7-of-11 tries against Ohio last week. The Louisville defense can’t get off the field.
The Cardinal lines aren’t playing well, the team can’t hang on to the ball and control the tempo, and Virginia has been solid in just about all phases. It might not be an explosive team, but it’s sound – that might be enough.
What’s Going To Happen
Bryce Perkins keeps getting better.
The Virginia quarterback is coming off a brilliant 379-yard, three touchdown day, and he’s not making mistakes.
He’ll keep things moving against the leaky Cardinal defense, the Virginia D will load up on Cunningham, and it’ll be a strong win for a Cavalier team that’s quietly going to keep on looking the part of a dangerous thorn in the ACC’s side.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Virginia 27, Louisville 20
Line: Virginia -5, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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