Kentucky Wildcats (5-6) at Louisville Cardinals (8-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 29, 2014, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -14 -- Over/Under: TBA
The Kentucky Wildcats travel to Louisville to play the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.
The Kentucky Wildcats dropped to 5-6, 2-6 SEC after losing to Tennessee 50-16 two weeks ago. The Wildcats have dropped five straight games after winning three straight over Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and UL Monroe back in October. Kentucky has been blown out by LSU, Georgia, and now Tennessee in the midst of their losing streak. On the season, the Wildcats are averaging 28.2 points per game, which ranks 72nd in the country. QB Patrick Towles has thrown for 2,542 yards to go along with 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions this season. WR Ryan Timmons has a team best 45 catches for 536 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Wildcats. RB Stanley Williams and RB Braylon Heard have combined for 714 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for Kentucky this season. The Kentucky defense is allowing 30.1 points per contest, which ranks a mediocre 89th in the country. If the Wildcats can find a way to win this game they will become bowl eligible. Kentucky will head out on the road where they are winless this season, 0-4.
The Louisville Cardinals improved to 8-3, 5-3 ACC after beating Notre Dame 31-28 last weekend. The Cardinals have won two straight against Boston College and Notre Dame after losing a close game to Florida State back in October. The Louisville offense is averaging 31.5 points per game, which ranks 49th in the country. QB Reggie Bonnafon, who has filled in well for the injured Will Gardner, has thrown for 842 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in limited action this season. WR Devante Parker has caught 29 balls for 555 yards and 2 touchdowns in only 4 games this season due to an injury. RB Brandon Radcliff has carried the ball 104 times for 581 yards and 9 touchdowns. Defensively, the Cardinals are allowing an average of 18.7 points per game, which ranks an impressive 14th in the country. Louisville has only allowed over 27 points twice this season. This will be the final home game for the Cardinals; Louisville is 4-1 at Cardinal Stadium this season.
Louisville has won the last three meetings with Kentucky, including a 27-13 victory last season at Kentucky. The Cardinals are playing extremely well right now and it will be interesting to see if there is any let down after beating Notre Dame on the road last week. The Cardinals are playing for a spot in a quality bowl, while Kentucky would like to become bowl eligible. Louisville is definitely the better team and I believe the will come away with the win at home. However, with two weeks to prepare and playing an in-state rival, I believe the Wildcats will keep it interesting and cover the spread.