Preview: Govenor's Cup 2013 Kentucky vs. Louisville

09/13/2013 05:08 PM

Key Stats

What do the numbers say? Not too much in Kentucky’s favor. The UofL defense only allowed seven points to each of their first opponents, while Kentucky gave up an average of 21 points. On the offensive side, Teddy Bridgewater is yards ahead of Maxwell Smith in stats, but that could be because Smith is splitting time with Jalen Whitlow. The Miami Ohio game greatly bolstered Kentucky’s average stats, but the key for UK will be whether or not they can make last weekend’s game a consistent effort. Can UK Shut Down Teddy Bridgewater? Probably not, but the Cats could limit his options and contain him a bit. Za’Darius Smith put it in high gear last weekend against Miami Ohio, sacking Austin Boucher three times. If he can get past the UofL offensive line and get to Bridgewater a couple times, that may be enough to disrupt the high-powered Louisville offense. That alone won’t win Kentucky the game, but if UK is to pull off an upset, it will be a close game and every little thing will count. Will UK’s air raid offense produce against the Cards defense? The UofL defense is definitely a step up from Miami Ohio’s defense, but Maxwell Smith and the UK offense proved that they can mentally get past mistakes in the game and produce. After three penalties in the second quarter against Miami Ohio that backed Kentucky up to their own 12 yard line, Smith connected with Javess Blue for an 88-yard touchdown. If the Cats can have bad short-term memory, forget any mistakes they make or any big plays the Cards make, they could have a chance at winning the Governor’s Cup.

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