Kentucky vs. Louisville prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between the Wildcats and Cardinals.
I really wanted to see Louisville make the CFP. What a story it would’ve been with Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman and redemption for Bobby Petrino. Alas, the Cardinals will have to settle for solid bowl game after absolutely destroying Kentucky.
As much as I want to take Kentucky here, I just can’t. Louisville’s firepower is too much, to where if the Cards shoot out to an early lead there’s no way Kentucky can battle back. Todd Grantham’s defense will bottle up Boom Williams and Benny Snell. I’d like to say Mark Stoops keeps his guys rolling after finally reaching bowl-eligibility, but the Cards take it.
What should we expect from Louisville now that the College Football Playoff dream is over following its blowout loss to Houston? Because of Lamar Jackson’s leadership, I expect the Cardinals to start fast and put forth a strong effort on both sides of the ball and continue their path toward a possible Orange Bowl berth. Jackson will also be looking for one final strong performance on his way to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Meanwhile, Kentucky will put forth a fine effort as well, but the versatility of Jackson and the athleticism of the Cardinals’ defense will be too much for UK to overcome in a Louisville win.
Kentucky blew a 24-7 halftime lead and lost 38-24 to Louisville last season. The Wildcats just wish that they could play that well against this Louisville team that will be angry after the pounding it took at Houston. Lamar Jackson is still the Heisman frontrunner and will show the nation why again in a big Cardinals win. Sorry, Mom and Dad.