SEC Football Preview: Kentucky at Louisville

Kentucky-Louisville football preview

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

Team Schedules/Results

Kentucky

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/04 LA Monroe W 45-10 Home
09/11 Missouri W 35-28 Home
09/18 Chattanooga W 28-23 Home
09/25 S Carolina W 16-10 Away
10/02 Florida W 20-13 Home
10/09 LSU W 42-21 Home
10/16 Georgia L 13-30 Away
10/30 Miss State L 17-31 Away
11/06 Tennessee L 42-45 Home
11/13 Vanderbilt W 34-17 Away
11/20 N Mex State W 56-16 Home
11/27 Louisville 12:00 PM Away

Louisville

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/06 Mississippi L 24-43 Neutral
09/11 E Kentucky W 30-3 Home
09/17 Central FL W 42-35 Home
09/25 Florida St W 31-23 Away
10/02 Wake Forest L 34-37 Away
10/09 Virginia L 33-34 Home
10/23 Boston Col W 28-14 Home
10/30 NC State L 13-28 Away
11/06 Clemson L 24-30 Home
11/13 Syracuse W 41-3 Home
11/18 Duke W 62-22 Away
11/27 Kentucky 12:00 PM Home

College Football Ratings

Rating Kentucky Louisville
ESPN FPI 37 33
Sagarin 33 39
Massey Composite 33 40
PiRate Ratings 31 41

Key Stats

Stat Kentucky Louisville
Points 29.2 32.9
Points Allowed 22.8 24.7
Total YDS 394.1 459.1
Pass YDS 256.8 241.6
Rush YDS 186.3 217.5
Total YDS Allowed 341.1 391.8
Pass YDS Allowed 224.2 253.8
Rush YDS Allowed 116.9 138.0
3rd Down Conv.% 49.6 39.5
3rd Down Conv. DEF % 41.1 34.4
Turnover margin -1.20 0.18

Players to Watch

Kentucky

RB Chris Rodriguez Jr., WR Josh Ali, TE Keaton Upshaw, OL Darian Kinnard, OL Luke Fortner, DL Josh Paschal, LB Jacquez Jones, LB DeAndre Square, LB Jordan Wright, DB Yusuf Corker, QB Will Levis.

Louisville

QB Malik Cunningham, RB Jalen Mitchell, TE Marshon Ford, WR Shai Werts, OL Cole Bentley, DB CB Kei’Trel Clark, LB CJ Avery, LB Monty Montgomery, LB Yasir Abdullah, DB LB/S Jack Fagot.

Injuries

Kentucky

 
[WR] 11/18/2021 – Dekel Crowdus is out for season (Knee)
[DT] 10/11/2021 – Octavious Oxendine is out for season (Leg)

Louisville

 
[WR] 09/27/2021 – Braden Smith is out for season (Knee)
[CB] 11/18/2021 – Kei’Trel Clark is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky (Leg)
[DL] 11/20/2021 – Dezmond Tell is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky (Undisclosed)

Source: statfox.com

Kentucky vs. Louisville Football Series History

Kentucky leads 17-15

Comments

This is one of the more evenly matched rivalry for this holiday weekend’s lineup. Kentucky has dominated Louisville over the past four seasons with UK winning three out of four but this year’s Cardinal squad looks very improved. Again, I think these two are about even but if Kentucky can keep its turnovers (worst TO ratio in the SEC) to one or none then that could swing the game towards the Wildcats. We go with the home team in a tossup.

Our Preseason Prediction

Kentucky 31, Louisville 24

Game Week 14Powers.com Prediction

Louisville 35, Kentucky 34

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the ESPN2 Network.

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