Western Kentucky (@4.1) vs Louisville (@1.22)

Our Prediction:

Louisville will win

Western Kentucky – Louisville Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 16:00

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If he cant go, I would expect to see up to three different quarterbacks. At 0-2, they dont have much to lose and they might as well get him legit game experience for the future. Eckels was injured on the last offensive play of the game for the Toppers and is listed as a game time decision for this weekend. Hes one of the highest rated recruits to ever sign with WKU and hes the only other quarterback they have that had a FBS offer coming out of high school. Personally, I think they should go with true freshman Kevaris Thomas.

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He is a tall quarterback that fits the mold of a pocket passer but he runs the ball just well enough that they incorporate some read option aspects to the offense. Eckels does a really good job reading the defense and he has enough speed to make a defense pay a little bit if they dont account for him. Drew Eckels won the starting quarterback job this season after sitting for four years waiting his turn.

Sloan is the other guy to keep an eye on . The rest of the receiver group is rounded out by Quin Jernighan, Jacquez Sloan, and Xavier Lane. Each has something different to bring to the offense with Lane being the big outside reciever, Jernighan being an all around threat, and Sloan being the quickest in the group as well as the guy that is used in different ways in the offense. Lane is a guy that caught my eye as an option down the sideline against a group of corners for UofL that have yet to prove themselves. Sanford has a very creative offense and a guy like Sloan could be used on a trick play or two.

The Hilltoppers have committed 14 penalties for 110 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. Opposing offenses have completed 29 passes on 60 attempts against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defense this season, placing them 35th and 63rd in the country. The Western Kentucky pass defense has also given up a total of 439 yards through the air, which is 71st overall in total pass defense. That ranks them 67th in the nation. They have surrendered a total of 817 yards on D, which is 91st in Division 1. The Hilltoppers are ranked 96th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Western Kentucky is 102nd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 65. Their rushing defense has allowed 78 attempts for 378 yards this year, putting them in 97th place in D-1 against the run.

Louisville (7-4) vs. Kentucky (7-4) Game Preview

Hes the Toppers top receiver and had two long touchdowns last week. Jackson is used at different spots but he has looked best in the slot to me. Lucky Jackson is also a guy in this offense that has really good speed. His first touchdown last week was on a wheel route while the second was on a deep cross from the inside spot in trips formation. They like to get him matched up on slower guys and that will likely continue against Louisville.

Maximize their possessions with defensive rebounding and limiting turnovers, and the offense will take off. Kentucky has shot better lately it takes very few 3s, but the Wildcats are making 36 percent of them, a reasonable clip. Hes raw, but has a chance to become a difference-maker by March. Knox and Hamidou Diallo form one of the best wing duos in the country; Diallo is improving rapidly.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have attempted 2 field goals this season and made 1, which is 108th in D-1. That places them 114th in Division 1 in punting average. The Hilltoppers average 24 yards per kick return and they are 96th in the country in all-purpose yards with 814. Their punters have totaled 545 yards on 15 punts, averaging 36 yards per punt. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 4 for 4 this year. Western Kentucky has returned 5 kicks for 120 yards on special teams, ranking 43rd in kick return yardage.

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Thats obviously not what they need to balance out the offense, so the search still continues. The Toppers probably needed to figure out their running back situation against Maine last week but they still dont seem to know who they want to be the top guy or even the top two guys. DeAndre Firby is a veteran big back who leads the running backs with 4.67 yards per carry. Marquez Trigg is listed as the other or starter but he only has 10 yards on his 8 carries.

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They held Maine to a 41% completion percentage. To hold a team to 12 completions and still give up three touchdowns has to be rough on film day. They started off the game with a pick six on their first drive on the field. They also broke up 8 passes on the day. The Toppers secondary had to be disappointed in how things turned out this past weekend. But, they gave up three touchdown passes in man coverage and those three touchdowns were all that Maine needed on offense to get the win.

Pass and Malik Cunningham are both solid runners, so Masai Whyte and Ben Holt need to be prepared to chase them down when they get chased out of the pocket. On the flip side, WKUs defense more or less needs to do the same thing. Hopefully we some rapid improvement from the Tops offensive line to combat that so their offense can get going. Overall, we know Louisvilles defense is going to bring a lot of pressure on whoever plays quarterback for WKU.

Playing at Rupp Arena helps. But Adel is a long and rude defender, and hes more likely to give Knox trouble on defense than vice versa when Louisville plays man-to-man. That said, Knox has a higher ceiling in general at 6-foot-9 with plus athleticism and a smooth stroke, hes the prototypical forward in todays game. This Kentucky team doesnt have the caliber of blue-chipper Wildcat fans are accustomed to, but Knox is the closest thing theyve got. Hes a good player right now; hes an awesome player in theory.