SEC Football Preview: Louisville at Kentucky

Kentucky-Louisville game preview

Rivals Louisville and Kentucky battle on Saturday in Lexington. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

By 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Louisville

Date Opponent Time TV Result
9/3 at Syracuse 8:00 PM ET ACCN L 7 – 31
9/9 at UCF 7:30 PM ET ESPN2 W 20 – 14
9/16 vs. Florida State 7:30 PM ET ESPN L 31 – 35
9/24 vs. South Florida 12:00 PM ET CHSS W 41 – 3
10/1 at Boston College 12:00 PM ET ACCN L 33 – 34
10/8 at Virginia 12:00 PM ET ACCN W 34 – 17
10/22 vs. Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET ACCN W 24 – 10
10/29 vs. Wake Forest 3:30 PM ET ACCN W 48 – 21
11/5 vs. James Madison 7:30 PM ET ESPNU W 34 – 10
11/12 at Clemson 3:30 PM ET ESPN L 16 – 31
11/19 vs. North Carolina State 3:30 PM ET CHSS W 25 – 10
11/26 at Kentucky 3:00 PM ET SECN

Kentucky

Date Opponent Time TV Result
9/3 vs. Miami (OH) 7:00 PM ET ESP+ W 37 – 13
9/10 at Florida 7:00 PM ET ESPN W 26 – 16
9/17 vs. Youngstown State 12:00 PM ET SECN W 31 – 0
9/24 vs. Northern Illinois 7:00 PM ET ESPN2 W 31 – 23
10/1 at Ole Miss 12:00 PM ET ESPN L 19 – 22
10/8 vs. South Carolina 7:30 PM ET SECN L 14 – 24
10/15 vs. Mississippi State 7:30 PM ET SECN W 27 – 17
10/29 at Tennessee 7:00 PM ET ESPN L 6 – 44
11/5 at Missouri 12:00 PM ET SECN W 21 – 17
11/12 vs. Vanderbilt 12:00 PM ET SECN L 21 – 24
11/19 vs. Georgia 3:30 PM ET CBS L 6 – 16
11/26 vs. Louisville 3:00 PM ET SECN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Louisville Kentucky
ESPN FPI 20 43
Sagarin 28 43
Massey Composite 24 44
PiRate Ratings 20 44

KEY STATS (PER GAME)

Stat Kentucky Louisville
Scoring Offense 21.7 28.5
Scoring Defense 19.6 19.6
Total Offense 335.5 413.8
Rushing Offense 116.8 196.1
Passing Offense 218.6 217.7
Team Passing Eff. 148.0 128.8
Total Defense 321.2 347.2
Rushing Defense 145.2 139.0
Pass Yards Allowed 176.0 208.2
Team Pass Eff. Def. 117.6 122.43
Turnover Margin -0.27 1.00
3rd Down Conv. Pct 0.376 0.371
4th Down Conv. Pct 0.619 0.346
3rd Down Conv. % Def. 0.358 0.351
4th Down Conv. % Def. 0.400 0.158
Red Zone Offense 0.762 0.860
Red Zone Defense 0.833 0.703
Net Punting 37.3 40.3
Punt Returns 4.7 4.2
Kickoff Returns 19.9 25.2
First Downs Offense 202 221
First Downs Defense 168 211
Penalties/Game 5.6 7.3
Penalty Yards/Game 38.5 70.6

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Louisville

QB Malik Cunningham, RB Tiyon Evans, WR Tyler Hudson, OL Adonis Boone, DL YaYa Diaby, CB Chandler Jones, LB Monty Montgomery.

Kentucky

QB Will Levis, WR Tayvion Robinson, OL Eli Cox, DB Jalen Geiger, RB Chris Rodriguez, LB DeAndre Square, OL Kenneth Horsey, DL Octavious Oxendine, P Colin Goodfellow.

INJURIES

Louisville

[QB] Malik Cunningham (Shoulder) – Questionable
[RB] Jalen Mitchell (Leg) – Questionable
[RB] Trevion Cooley (Personal) – Questionable
[QB] Evan Conley (Hip) – Out
[WR] Dee Wiggins (Toe) – Out
[DL] Jermayne Lole (Elbow) – Out

Kentucky

[DE] Sam Anaele (Undisclosed) – Out
[WR] Chris Lewis (Undisclosed) – Questionable
[RB] Ramon Jefferson (Knee) – Out

Source: statfox.com

Louisville vs. Kentucky Football Series History

Louisville leads 15-12

COMMENTS

These two teams have been opposites this season. Kentucky started out strong but regressed later in the season. Louisville struggled out the gate but has turned it on as the season progressed. UofL wins this one in a close contest.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Louisville 14, Kentucky 30

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Louisville 34, Kentucky 31

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 2:00 PM CT ( 3:00 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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