Finally, gameday has arrived. As we close in on kickoff, let’s take a look how the Ragin’ Cajuns’ offense and defense stacked up in the 2014 national rankings. With two new co-defensive coordinators and an un-named starting quarterback, Kentucky’s scouting report is primarily a projection. These weekly posts will focus on the opponent’s prior week’s game. Since today is Game One, let’s look back at ULL’s 2014 seasonal statistical standings:
National Total Offense Ranking-52nd
Passing yards per game-191.8
Rushing yards per game-225
2014 rushing yards-2925
2014 passing yards-2494
Points per game-29.5
Summary-With 2014 All Conference QB Terrence Broadway, ULL was a balanced offense. 2015 will feature a new signal caller. Expect a heavy dose of RB Elijah McGuire and for ULL’s run/pass ratio to significantly favor the rushing total. UK and ULL averaged nearly the same amount of offensive points. Lafayette will most likely attempt to ease its first year signal caller into the game’s rhythm. By doing so, it will rely on the running game. This will force UK to play its “heavy” or run stopping scheme. Danger for the Cats in this situation will be play action pass.
National Total Defense Ranking-85th
Passing yards per game-275
2014 pass yards surrendered-3303
Rush yards per game-146.7
Points against per game-27.9
Summary-Surrendering 275 yards a game vs. the pass equals two new co-defensive coordinators. The Ragin’ Cajuns gave up over three thousand passing yards. ULL’s was fairly stout vs. the run, but number could be skewed due to opponent’s success through the air. Expect the Cats to test the liable pass defense early and often. This can be accomplished two ways: pace or emphasis on vertical routes.
Starting CB Simeon Thomas and DT Ladarrius Kidd will not make the trip to Lexington. A suspect defense minus its lock-down corner and a DT in the final six rotation is not a good sign for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Projected Game Strategy-Kentucky will need to score early and often to force ULL into certain passing situations in an attempt to play catchup. A new starting quarterback will be making his college football debut in Commonwealth Stadium today. Early pressure and creative blitzes are likely. An early Wildcat lead will be difficult to overcome and force the football out of the hands of Mr. Everything, RB Elijah McGuire.