SEC Football: Louisville Cardinals, Kentucky Wildcats, Game Preview

Louisville Cardinals at Kentucky Wildcats Against the Spread Game Preview SEC Football

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No. 8 Louisville Cardinals at Kentucky Wildcats (+14)
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Believe it or not, there are a few other SEC games of note in the world of College Football in week three. And one that is crucial for one SEC team is to see if the Kentucky Wildcats can find away to put things together and take down Teddy Bridgewater and his Louisville Cardinals.

This game opened with Louisville giving just 7.5 to Kentucky but has since ballooned to 14. And to be honest, it is a little surprising that the number is that low based on the first two weeks. Which leads Ole Woody Smalls (12-12 on the season) to question what Vegas is trying to tell us here. A move that big is interesting because everyone and their brother is obviously going with the Cardinals at the opening line. But 14 is still interesting.

So let’s take a look at some stats when it comes to matchups between these two in-state rivals based on their national ranking.

Louisville is 16th in the nation in Scoring Offense, while Kentucky is No. 47. The Cardinals are 83rd in Rushing and will face a Wildcat defense that is 71st. Bridgewater currently has Louisville at No. 5 in passing while the Kentucky defense is 21st.

On the flip side of the ball, the Wildcats are 55nd in Scoring while the Cardinals are at No. 9 in Scoring Defense. Kentucky is at No. 32 in Rushing and Louisville is at No. 21 in defending the run. And, to top it all off, Kentucky is 26th in Passing while Louisville is at No. 20 in defending the pass.

It’s pretty clear to see what all these stats mean. There is simply no way Kentucky has the horses or the gun power to keep Bridgewater and Louisville in check. The Cardinals will win and cover on the road in the SEC, 48-27.

M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association. Follow him @woodysmalls

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