West Virginia thrives on offense, UofL on defense

Editor’s note: The writer has been on target this season and may know something.

by Paul Sykes

The scoreboard operator at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown has a full time job when West Virginia (6-2) takes the field for football. In eight games, the Mountaineers have put 309 points on the board this season and allowed opponents 209 points. Six times the WVU squad has scored over 30 points.

So what does this mean to a visiting UofL squad THAT prides itself on keeping opponent’s point totals to a bare minimum and producing just enough points to win? Louisville has allowed only 130 points in eight games while managing only 141.  UofL wants a game in which the scoreboard operator isn’t very busy.

Key to a win Saturday for UofL is slowing down the potent passing attack of quarterback Geno Smith and his favorite receivers Stedman Bailey (101.9 yards per game, 7 TD’s), Tavon Austin (86.4 yards per game, 3 TD’s), and Ivan McCartney (59.4 yards per game, 3 TD’s). Louisville has produced a rugged pass rush on opposing QB’s this season, collecting 23 sacks.

The Cards will also need to see the ongoing improvement of Teddy Bridgewater. Given the porous WVU secondary, that shouldn’t be a problem. Louisville also will need a big effort from the triad of running backs Dominique Brown, Vic Anderson and Jeremy Wright.

Look for Louisville to keep the Mountaineers under 30 points Saturday but fail to reach 30 themselves. We’ll call it 28-27 Cards…as Louisville ends the four game losing streak in Morgantown.

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Author: Paul Sykes

Paul Sykes owns Paul Sykes Advertising and does contract work for other advertising and publishing firms. The proud husband of Sonja, he has a fascination with bears, bars and Cardinal sports. He's also the moderator of CardinalCouple.blogspot.com

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