On the road again. BC heads down to Cardinal Stadium to take on Louisville on Saturday. Here’s a quick interview we had with our friends at the Card Chronicle before the season. Things have changed a bit, but still some good info here if you felt the need.
Louisville is coming off a bye week, mostly recently having played Florida State in a 35-24 road loss. They are now 2-2 on the season, with the other loss in an opener against Notre Dame, in which they hung with them for a while before falling 35-17. Their two wins this season come against two directional Kentucky schools. I’m still salty about that NIT loss a few years back, so neither will be named.
Establishing the RUN. Classic.
We all remember what happened last time the Eagles went down to Louisville. In one of the most exciting games in recent memory, AJ Dillon had his own coming out party against Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson. In his first season in the maroon and gold, he dominated with 272(!) yards and four(!) touchdowns, and a run that put his name on the map. This season, Louisville hasn’t been so great against the run. Notre Lame nearly had one AJ Dillon with over 200 yards and four touchdowns combined, and Cam Akers had a slightly more pedestrian 112 yards. Louisville’s linebackers are a bit undersized but quite talented, so if the offensive line can impose their will, then perhaps the Eagles can wear them down. Keep an eye out for Rodjay Burns. Coming off three 150+ yard performances, Dillon will hope to take over. David Bailey had his own one hundred yard day against the Cardinals last season, and will look to have a big game as well.
Looks like we could see both Malik Cunningham and Jawon Pass in this game. Either way, I’m sure they’ll throw for over 300 combined. Pass sustained a foot injury after starting the season, and missed the last two games. He is listed as a game-time decision for this game despite being listed as number one on the depth chart, and he should see some action after practicing in a limited capacity this week. Cunningham sustained his own injury on the final play of the Florida State game, but looks to be more ready to go. Coach Scott Satterfield said he would 100 percent play this week because of how much further along he is than Pass. Puma Pass is more keen on taking off and running, but Cunningham is a pretty good runner himself.
The Louisville line has allowed 13 sacks so far this season, including six to Florida State, and their defense has yet to intercept a pass this season. Tutu Atwell is a speedy receiver who could pose problems, and freshman Javian Hawkins has been effective on the ground with nearly 400 yards rushing through four games.
Spread: Louisville -5.5
Money Line: BC +170, UL -215
Dillon + Bailey stiff arms with no regard for human life: o/u a million
Discovery Channel Bird Battle: Eagle -5000 / Cardinal +7000 (Translation: this really isn’t close)
I think BC’s run game can win this game alone. Feels like a better set over/under, but I’ll lean the over since we can’t stop anyone. Nothing in this game will change our minds about the team for the better.
Niraj: 34 BC - 28 Loserville
Grant: Loogieville 37 - BC 28
Arthur: Protesting this week
RIP #22 Never Forget
Kickoff at 12:30. Go! BC! Put some points on the booooooaaaaaarrd!