October 27, 2016

Cards look for style points against Virginia

Cole Hikutini hauled in six receptions for 118 yards a touchdown.

By Mike Gilpatrick–

The fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals (6-1, 4-1) look to continue their dominance Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia against the Virginia Cavaliers (2-5, 1-2).  The noon game will be shown on ABC.

About the Cavaliers

Virginia has struggled this year. The Cavaliers have lost five games, including a surprise 37-20 loss against the FCS Richmond Spiders. The Cavaliers put together a two-game winning streak against Central Michigan and Duke, but have dropped their past two.

Behind quarterback Kurt Benkert, Virginia averages 268 yards per game passing, good for 35th in the NCAA. The Cavs average 113 yards per game rushing. Their total offense is ranked 90th.

Just like Virginia’s rush attack, their defense has not been good this season. The Cavaliers have allowed 35 or more points on five separate occasions. Virginia has allowed 3,192 yards this season and their average allowed yards per play (6.17) places them 108th.

What to expect on Saturday

With a Heisman-caliber QB in Lamar Jackson leading one of the best offenses in the NCAA, along with top rated defense, Louisville should have tremendous success Saturday.

The Cardinals have an edge in every aspect, except for home-field advantage. Virginia’s defense has struggled against most offenses they’ve faced. Louisville enters averaging 52.6 points per game with 616 yards per game. Virginia’s defense gives up 32.7 points per game on 456 yards per game.

Louisville should be able to keep Virginia’s offense in check. The Cavaliers only average 26 points per game. Virginia’s offensive line has allowed their QB to go down 20 times this season.

Final prediction

This will be another win that Louisville needs to amaze the Playoff Selection Committee. Louisville has a clear edge, and should pull off an easy victory. Virginia will look to control the pace and dominate possession to counter U of L’s offense.

Louisville – 63, Virginia – 14

Photo by Dalton Ray / The Louisville Cardinal

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