When it comes to the Cats and the Cards on the field the team that wins the rushing war wins the game. An interesting claim and one that John Clay created a spreadsheet to verify with a resounding “True.”
The Saturday the Cards will bring one of the nation’s most efficient offenses into Lexington to try to knock off the Cats. Louisville is ranked 18th in yards per game, second in third down conversions, and fifth in passing yards. Not too surprising when you have one of the Heisman favorites in ultra accurate Teddy Bridgewater. The Cards haven’t needed to rely on the run so far this year but they feature some talented guys in the backfield. If Senorise Perry and Michael Dyer are racking up the yards and killing the clock the above statistic could hold true. The Cards may want to limit the time Kentucky’s explosive offense is on the field and to do that they will need to run the ball.
Kentucky, after a monster game against Miami, is ranked 13th in total yards and rising. Surprisingly, the air raid offense that Neal Brown brought to Lextown has featured a ton of run based plays. The Cats are ranked 25th in rushing yards and they will certainly want to limit Bridgewater’s touches as much as possible. Sanders, Kemp, Timmons, and Whitlow will be looking to gain big on the ground throughout Saturdays game. If they are able to then maybe the Cats pull off the upset.
So what do you think? Are the Cats going to win the battle on the ground and go on to win the game? Or will this one be decided by the team who can sling the ball around for the majority of their yards? As always sound off in the comment section below.