SEC Football Preview: Kentucky at Louisville

Kentucky-Louisville football preview

Kentucky visits rival Louisville on Saturday in Louisville. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Kentucky

2-Sep vs. Ball State W 44 – 14
9-Sep vs. Eastern Kentucky W 28 – 17
16-Sep vs. Akron W 35 – 3
23-Sep at Vanderbilt W 45 – 28
30-Sep vs. Florida W 33 – 14
7-Oct at Georgia L 13 – 51
14-Oct vs. Missouri L 21 – 38
28-Oct vs. Tennessee L 27 – 33
4-Nov at Mississippi State W 24 – 3
11-Nov vs. Alabama L 21 – 49
18-Nov at South Carolina L 14 – 17
25-Nov at Louisville

Louisville

1-Sep vs. Georgia Tech W 39 – 34
7-Sep vs. Murray State W 56 – 0
16-Sep vs. Indiana W 21 – 14
23-Sep vs. Boston College W 56 – 28
29-Sep at North Carolina State W 13 – 10
7-Oct vs. Notre Dame W 33 – 20
14-Oct at Pittsburgh L 21 – 38
28-Oct vs. Duke W 23 – 0
4-Nov vs. Virginia Tech W 34 – 3
9-Nov vs. Virginia W 31 – 24
18-Nov at Miami (FL) W 38 – 31
25-Nov vs. Kentucky
2-Dec vs. Florida State

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Kentucky Louisville
ESPN FPI 41 20
Sagarin 44 19
Massey Composite 46 12
PiRate Ratings 32 15

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Kentucky
Louisville
71
87
7
9
0.385
0.370
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Louisville
Kentucky
11
105
3
12
0.295
0.434
4th Down Conversion Pct Louisville
Kentucky
49
130
6
14
0.571
0.111
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Louisville
Kentucky
31
55
3
8
0.409
0.500
Blocked Kicks Kentucky
Louisville
22
53
4
5
2
1
Blocked Kicks Allowed Louisville
Kentucky
45
88
7
11
1
2
Blocked Punts Louisville 17 2 1
Blocked Punts Allowed Louisville
Kentucky
1
73
1
10
0
1
Completion Percentage Louisville
Kentucky
23
103
1
13
0.659
0.563
Defensive TDs Kentucky 4 2 4
Fewest Penalties Louisville
Kentucky
68
97
6
10
66
75
Fewest Penalties Per Game Louisville
Kentucky
69
98
6
10
6.00
6.82
Fewest Penalty Yards Louisville
Kentucky
57
86
6
10
549
616
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Louisville
Kentucky
57
87
6
10
49.91
56.00
First Downs Defense Louisville
Kentucky
10
65
2
10
175
218
First Downs Offense Louisville
Kentucky
47
105
5
12
237
193
Fumbles Lost Louisville
Kentucky
12
59
1
11
3
6
Fumbles Recovered Louisville
Kentucky
37
79
6
3
7
5
Kickoff Return Defense Louisville
Kentucky
65
99
4
11
19.75
22.36
Kickoff Returns Kentucky
Louisville
22
68
4
9
22.94
20.10
Net Punting Louisville
Kentucky
60
98
8
14
38.98
37.04
Passes Had Intercepted Kentucky
Louisville
60
76
11
6
9
10
Passes Intercepted Louisville
Kentucky
30
55
5
8
11
9
Passing Offense Louisville
Kentucky
46
91
4
11
256.3
203.5
Passing Yards Allowed Louisville
Kentucky
55
90
9
11
219.0
238.2
Passing Yards per Completion Louisville
Kentucky
24
53
3
8
13.62
12.23
Punt Return Defense Kentucky
Louisville
55
59
7
7
6.78
7.12
Punt Returns Kentucky
Louisville
58
111
13
13
9.14
4.56
Red Zone Defense Louisville
Kentucky
2
110
1
11
0.667
0.900
Red Zone Offense Louisville
Kentucky
84
100
10
13
0.805
0.784
Rushing Defense Louisville
Kentucky
12
20
2
2
98.0
109.6
Rushing Offense Louisville
Kentucky
28
90
4
12
185.5
135.2
Sacks Allowed Kentucky
Louisville
41
56
3
8
1.64
1.82
Scoring Defense Louisville
Kentucky
17
52
2
8
18.4
24.3
Scoring Offense Louisville
Kentucky
26
64
3
9
33.2
27.7
Tackles for Loss Allowed Louisville
Kentucky
29
41
1
4
4.73
5.00
Team Passing Efficiency Louisville
Kentucky
24
80
2
12
155.99
128.95
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Louisville
Kentucky
27
93
5
10
120.96
140.02
Team Sacks Louisville
Kentucky
34
49
6
9
2.55
2.27
Team Tackles for Loss Kentucky
Louisville
34
34
5
6
6.3
6.3
Time of Possession Louisville
Kentucky
24
110
4
11
31:46
28:14
Total Defense Louisville
Kentucky
21
40
2
4
317.0
347.8
Total Offense Louisville
Kentucky
22
98
3
11
441.8
338.7
Turnover Margin Louisville
Kentucky
23
71
4
10
0.45
-0.09
Turnovers Gained Louisville
Kentucky
30
79
6
7
18
14
Turnovers Lost Louisville
Kentucky
39
61
5
13
13
15
Winning Percentage Louisville
Kentucky
7
47
2
8
0.909
0.545

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kentucky

QB Devin Leary, RB Ray Davis, WR Barion Brown, OL Kenneth Horsey, DT Deone Walker, DE JJ Weaver, LB Trevin Wallace, S Jordan Lovett, K Chance Poore, P Wilson Berry.

Louisville

QB Jack Plummer, WR Chris Bell, WR Jamari Thrash, RB Jawhar Jordan, OL Austin Collins, TE Nate Kurisky, S Ben Perry, DB Cam’Ron Kelly, LB Stephen Herron, DL Dezmond Tell.

INJURIES

Kentucky


Player POS Status
J. Dingle TE Ques Sat – Undisclosed
B. Christman OL out for season – Knee
J. Wilcox RB Out indefinitely – Hamstring
L. Wright RB Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
N. Hall OL out for season – Undisclosed

Louisville


Player POS Status
J. Brownlee Jr. DB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
R. Brown OL out for season – Undisclosed
M. Griffin DB out for season – Leg

Source: Covers.com

Kentucky vs. Louisville Football Series History

Kentucky leads 19-15-0

COMMENTS

Louisville has made it to the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte. Hopefully, for Cardinals, they haven’t forgotten that they have a game with Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats are having a mediocre season when compared to other recent UK seasons. I think Louisville will be bouncing off the walls for UK, or will they? Again, there’s that game with Florida State coming up.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Kentucky 26, Louisville 14

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Louisville 27, Kentucky 17

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the ABC Network.

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