By Paul Sykes
Another football game for Louisville, another major challenge for coach Steve Krathorpe.
Arkansas StateÂ is the next opponent Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Jonesboro team is 2-4 on the season and this will be their fourth non-conference game of the year.
The running game could be the key for both teams if the expected soggy weather conditions live up to predictions.
The Red Wolves got the season off to a big start by rolling over visiting Mississippi Valley State 61-0 but followed that contest up with losses to Nebraska, Iowa, Troy and Louisiana-Monroe before beating Florida International University for homecoming last week. TheyÂ kept Iowa close on the road, losing 24-21.
The Red Wolves average 25.8 points per game, while allowing opponents 19.7. They run the ball for an average of 159.3 per contest and opponents gain but 96.7 against them on the ground. Reggie Arnold leads the running game with 440 yards this year, averaging about 72.0 a game. The Red Wolves have fumbled 17 times in their six games, losing eight of them.
Through the air, Arkansas State throws for 184.7 yards a game while giving up 234.5 yards to opposing offenses. Cory Leonard is the starting quarterback and has tossed six touchdown passes. He’s only thrown three interceptions.
The running game could be the key for both teams if the expected soggy weather conditions live up to predictions. TheÂ Louisville running game could end up in the hands of red shirt freshman Darius Ashley, who led the Cards in rushing against Cincinnati last week.
I see a close game early, withÂ U of LÂ finally putting a strong second half together and outdistancing the Red Wolves 28-13. Sonja is not so certain and has the Cards barely squeaking by the SunBelt foes 35-32.