Big, bad A. J. Dillon savors Boston College return to Cardinal Stadium

Don’t look now but A. J. Dillon is coming back to Cardinal Stadium. The scene of one his most dominating games ever. Yes, against the University of Louisville.

Not all that imposing, the six-foot, 245-pound Boston College running back. But looks can be deceiving, as the bedraggled UofL defense discovered the hard way in 2017.  Dillon was unstoppable in a 45-42 win over UofL, carrying the ball 39 times for a total of 272 yards.

Surprising that the experts on football gambling sites like Bovada have the Cardinals picked as a 4.5-favorite over the visiting Eagles in Saturday’s game at 12:30.

Nightmares still linger of Dillon and his offensive line pushing the UofL defense backwards, crushing them time after time. Then a freshman, Dillon would score four touchdowns that day, from one, three, 11 and 75 yards. Stealing the spotlight in a game when UofL’s Lamar Jackson was scoring three touchdowns and rushing for another.

Louisville would catch a break last season with Dillon being sidelined with an ankle injury when they played in Boston. The Cardinals would still get crushed 38-20.

A couple of key defensive stats favor UofL.  Boston College allows 304 passing yards per game. On the flip side, Louisville yields up just 160.  The Cardinals also only allow 4.55 yards per play at home while the Eagles are giving up 6.33 yards per play.

Anyone overlooking the Golden Eagles, however, Vegas experts or not, has short memories and could be in for a rude awakening. A. J.Dillon is licking his chops for another shot at Louisville in Cardinal Stadium.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “Big, bad A. J. Dillon savors Boston College return to Cardinal Stadium”

  1. A.J.Dillion is a load to bring down.Our team defense is much better this year,but we still have to hit him low and take his legs out from under him.Do this and w will be successful.

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