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Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios for Louisville

The match-up that everyone anticipated at the start of the season is finally upon us. The Cats sit with 5 wins and need to beat their rival to go bowling. Louisville is eying a trip to Orlando for the Russell Athletic bowl with a chance for another year of bragging rights. For Kentucky, there is a lot more on the line and it’s as much of a must-win as any game ever played in the series. Here are my picks for the best and worst possible outcomes from this Saturday’s contest.

Best-Case Scenario

Coming off the bye week and focused on getting the sixth win, the Cats fire on all cylinders inside Papa Johns stadium. Some rest was exactly what the defense needed as they are finally able to wrap up some guys in the open field. Bud and Big Z get to freshman QB Reggie Bonnafon a early and force him into some bad throws. AJ Stamps comes up with a big time takeaway to put the Cats in the drivers seat for the rest of the game.

With the game at noon, Louisville already bowl eligible, and a three game win streak in the series the Cards and the crowd show up lackadaisical. Patrick Towles is back in early season form as he stands in the pocket poised and connects with Ryan Timmons for major yardage. The offensive line is able to open up some holes for the run game and Kentucky eats up some clock to nurse their lead. Louisville ties the game late but Austin Macginnis sends the Cats on to the postseason with a big-time boot from 40 yards out.

The Cats head on to Birmingham. Damien Harris commits 3 weeks later and the recruiting momentum keeps on rolling. Kentucky beats Bobby Petrino at Louisville for the first time. Couches burn on State. Bedlam in the Bluegrass.

Worst-Case Scenario

Bobby Petrino runs the score up as he pushes his record against the Cats to 6-1. Petrino didn’t even get a glance, for good reason, during Kentucky’s coaching search and for that he makes the most of the Cards’ run game. Bonnafon doesn’t have many completions but thanks to Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff  Louisville is able to bruise their way to 6 yards per carry. That allows the Cards to stay in short yard situations for most of the game and Devante Parker to act as a safety valve for the freshman QB to find in space and make a play.

Kentucky’s tackling woes continue as they miss on simple plays and can’t keep the Cards covered. Louisville’s defense is as good as advertised which keeps Patrick Towles from getting into rhythm. Kentucky falls into an big deficit and that proves too much to overcome. Cards win 38- 17.


What are your best case and worst case scenarios for this Saturday?


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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13 Comments for Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios for Louisville

  1. B. B. Rodriguez
    10:18 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Smart money is on the latter.

  2. ares1
    10:22 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Best 27-24 cats worst 49-7 cards

  3. Time Expired
    10:28 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Wish I could be hopeful but this game was out of reach weeks ago.

    • BeastCat
      10:44 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      You are not very good at pretending to be a UK Fan. Go away!

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:45 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

      Right? This is like the 70th comment he’s made saying the same thing.

    • cats paw
      7:55 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

      I’d like to hear Beastcat and Big Board make a prediction of the game themselves and show us their football knowledge instead of just slamming others!!! Show us all what a real fan knows?? We all are waiting!!

    • Time Expired
      10:03 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

      They are the same person and all they ever do is put down others for what they are afraid to say themselves even tho they believe it too.

  4. Leroy Bird - 00
    10:33 pm November 24, 2014 Permalink

    Cats 34- Louisville 17. I gave Louisville 20 in my prediction last night, but it’s a day later and F them they won’t get that many.
    Time to step up

  5. ReedyCreekBuc
    4:54 am November 25, 2014 Permalink

    Even if we win, a bowl game is not assured. We need help from the Playoff Committee or Vandy.

    • RUPPS.rhetoric
      12:08 pm November 25, 2014 Permalink

      This probably wont get read because this is an old post, but if we win and 6-6 there is a 10000000% we get invited to some bowl.

    • Time Expired
      1:16 pm November 25, 2014 Permalink

      Gee and all this time I thought 100% was the most you can get.

  6. Leuther
    3:55 pm November 25, 2014 Permalink

    Just be competitive – unlike vs. LSU, Georgia, and Tennessee…

  7. ReedyCreekBuc
    3:29 am November 27, 2014 Permalink

    Unless Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt, we won’t get an SEC bowl spot. If there is only 1 SEC team in the Playoff, we won’t get an SEC bowl spot. There are very few open bowl spots from other conferences. So, it is not 100000000% or even 100%.