Louisville vs. Virginia Prediction, Game Preview

    Louisville vs. Virginia prediction and game preview. The Cardinals look to improve to 6-4 as they take on the Cavaliers.

    November 10, 2015


    The Louisville Cardinals (5-4) are eyeing bowl eligibility when the Virginia Cavaliers (3-6) come to town this Saturday. Check out the Virginia vs. Louisville prediction and game preview.

    Virginia vs. Louisville Prediction & Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, November 14
    Game Time: 12:30 ET
    Network: RSN/ESPN3

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    Why You Need To Care

    After starting the year with losses to Auburn, Houston and Clemson, Louisville has bounced back to win five of the last six, with the lone loss coming at Florida State. For righting the ship against the softer part of the schedule, the Cards are now in a position to go bowling for a sixth straight year by winning one of their final three games. Standing in their way this weekend is Virginia, which is on postseason life support at 3-6. The Cavaliers haven’t played a December game since 2011, a central theme why Mike London is likely coaching his final three games in Charlottesville.

    Why Virginia Will Win

    Which Louisville shows up, the one that strafed Syracuse a week ago or the one that’s had problems scoring all year long? This has not been a usual Bobby Petrino team, complicated by problems at the line of scrimmage. Over the last month, the Cavaliers have improved on D, and LB Micah Kiser and DE Mike Moore are capable of disrupting the flow of the Louisville backfield.

    Why Louisville Will Win

    Yeah, UVA has had moments on defense, but the Cardinals have the far better overall unit. And that’s troubling news for a Cavalier attack that’s been every bit as inconsistent as this week’s opponent. Florida State is the only team in the last seven games to score more than 20 points on Louisville, and that includes a game with top-ranked Clemson. Coordinator Todd Grantham will ratchet up a heap of pressure from linebackers Devonte Fields, Keith Kelsey and James Burgess, DE Sheldon Rankins and even CB Trumaine Washington.

    Player Who Matters

    Has Petrino finally found a capable quarterback his offense can rally around for the next three or four games? Rookie Lamar Jackson has been up-and-down, especially as a passer. But with Jackson injured last week, Kyle Bolin stepped in to complete 24-of-35 for 362 yards, three touchdowns and a pick. The sophomore deftly spread the ball around, while helping make life easier on backs Brandon Radcliff and Jeremy Smith.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Louisville has a little momentum that it won’t cede to Virginia, which has yet to win a game on the road this fall. The Cardinals will keep the Cavalier offense in check, while Bolin picks on a secondary that’s produced just two interceptions all year. Louisville will become bowl eligible, simultaneously eliminating the Hoos from the postseason.

    Virginia vs. Louisville Prediction

    Prediction: Louisville 28, Virginia 19, Line: Louisville -13.5, o/u: 49
    Must See Rating: 5: Spectre … 1: The 33 … 2

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