Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst AL Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino enters his second season, in his second tenure at the “U of L”. The Cardinals return nine players from the 2014 squad that went 9-4 overall, 5-3in ACC action. Louisville plays in the Atlantic Division of the ACC. Louisville lost to Georgia 37-14 in the 2014 Belk Bowl. Petrino will have to do one of his best coaching jobs this season. Petrino is starting to recruit players who suit his style of play. The Louisville Cardinals plays home games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
Five starters return to the Louisville offense. Sophomore quarterback Reggie Bonnafon saw extensive action as a true freshman in 2014 and is set to be the starter this season. Also in the mix is last season’s leading passer Will Gardner (1,669) passing yards, who is returning from a knee injury. Junior running back Bradon Radcliff (737) yards in 2014 will be featured in the backfield. Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee has to find a core of receivers to replace NFL first-round draft pick, Devante Parker. The group lost a lot of talent from last season. The problem is going to be on the offensive line, where only one starter returns. The Louisville coaching staff has to find ways to protect whoever is under center. The lack of talent and depth on the O-line will be crucial. The Louisville Cardinals went 7-6 on Football Expert Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total five times, staying under the betting odds total seven times with a push.
*The Louisville offense put up 394.7 yards per game last season, 73rd nationally.
*Loiusville went 2-5 Against The Number at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium last season.
*The Cardinals were 5-1 ATS on the road.
*The betting odds total was 3-3-1 at home in 2014.
*Louisville went over the betting odds total twice away from “DERBY CITY” last season.
*The Louisville Cardinals stayed under the betting odds total four times on the road.
*The Louisville passing attack ranked 47th in the country last season, with 252.0 yards per contest.
*The Cardinals scored 31.2 ppg, 53rd in the FBS.
*The Cardinals running game was 95th in the NCAA Football landscape, averaging 142.7 yards per contest on the ground.
Defensive End Sheldon Rankins is the best player on the Cardinals defense and he can rush the passer. Former TCU standout Devonte Fields and James Burgess are very active linebackers. Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham will use various packages this season using his athletes to make plays. There is talent in the young secondary, but expect them to get tested often. The Louisville defense lost a fourth-round NFL draft pick and many other parts. The key to success this season is for the defense to create turnovers.
*The Louisville defense gave up an average of 308.6 yards per game, 6th in the land.
*The Cardinals pass defense was 27th in the FBS, allowing the opposition 199.6 yards per contest throwing the football.
*Louisville gave up 21.8 ppg, 25th in College Football.
*The Louisville rush defense was 10th in the NCAA Football, giving up 109.0 yards per game on the ground.
*Louisville will begin the 2015 season in a non-conference game vs. The Auburn Tigers in Atlanta. The “CARDS” end the 2015 regular season at SEC and in-state rival Kentucky.
*Louisvile host Clemson in a crucial early ACC matchup in Week 2 of the season.
Bovada lists the Louisville Cardinals at over/under seven and a half wins in 2015.
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