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If UK can put a couple more decent WR on the field so King doesnt get a double team on every play he will have a big year.
Would you be surprised to know UK averaged more yards per game rushing than UL last year? I am. And that's rushing in the Big East vs the SEC! U of L also ranked #103 in total yards. But one area where UL really racked up the yds last year is penalty yds. 735 penalty yds! UL ranked #103 in penalties/play, #89 in penalty/game. UK had 482 yards in penalties last year. Sounds like a very undisciplined team if you ask me. If we can get under their skin, they could lose it. U of L ranked #116 in QB sacks % at 10.31% So U of L's o-line got their QB sacked over 10% of the time! Almost their entire O-line 2nd string are freshmen. If our defense can get to Bridgewater early and often(and it sounds like that's a reasonable expectation), I like our chances.
I am well aware that UK's numbers were AWFUL last year, but all I've heard is how awesome U of L's offense was, but when compared to the rest of the nation, it was really bad as well. Level of competition DOES make a difference. To win a share of your conference with an offense that's ranked #103 in total yards (and ranked #93 in points per game) is pretty shocking.
Reading this board and all the advantages Uk has over UofL, you'd be shocked to think the spread is Louisville by 2 TD's. I mean, what does Vegas know? The strange thing is, the betting trend is still sitting at 60/40 for UofL even at 14 points. You guys should jump all over that action! What are you waiting for??!
In all seriousness, the only advantage I give Uk is kicking team and MAYBE TE. Nord is a senior but very little game experience. Lots of shocking surprises on the depth chart just released. 23 of 44 in the 2 deep are freshmen or sophomores. Speaks volumes on how deep the receiving bunch goes when Eli is coming off the bench yet led the teams in receptions last year. Curious to see Uk's chart.
yeah sir uofl is such a juggernaut r we will have 4 frosh r true soph in r top 5 wr. robinson collins sweat legree. and fields who killed yall last year will be the 6th wr. uofl will be decent but to act like they have an advantage on the dline r oline is rediculus. i give uofl the advantage on paper at qb cb wr. uk advantage at dline rb oline safety and of course home field. louisville has some talent but uk has some very good talent that will be arriving this year.
uofl home field sorry i have 3 hetherns jumping on me
What does Vegas know? Not much in this rivalry game. I believe 3 of the past 5 games were won by the underdog. And Vegas had U of L as an 11 pt dog last year. Vegas even had U of L the favorite back in 2008 when UK won 27-2!
In all seriousness, we're not the ones saying it's going to be a blowout. We believe the 2 teams are closer matched than many U of L fans think. We both have VERY young teams. We will probably have a similar amount of Freshmen or Sophomores in our 2 deep. And with young teams on both sides, just about anything can happen.
UofL was a 4.5 dog last season not 11. The favorite is 5-1 when a double digit spread since 2000.
I gotta feeling LaRod King is gonna show you something this year. He's big and capable. He's one hell of an outside threat. He was just a little distracted in the spring d/t so much going on his life and I think last year he was a little shocked being the #1 guy when he had been no higher than #3 in his first two years. I expect a big season from him as long as our Oline keeps the QB upright.
Guess what... 23 of Uk's 2 deep are freshmen and sophs and that doesn't include our two frosh receivers or Josh Clemons..
UK: LaRod King (6'4", 210lbs, Senior)
2011 Stats: 40 receiptions, 598 yards, 15 average per catch, 7 TDs
Career Stats: 86 catches, 1,218 total yards, 14.2 average per catch, 13 TDs
UL: DeVante Parker (6'3", 204lbs, Sophmore)
2011 Stats: 18 catches, 291 yards, 16.2 average per catch, 6 TDs
Career Stats: (Only stats are 2011)
Look, I am a Ballard grad and have seen Parker and know how good he can be...he has a much higher ceiling than King, and is a better pro prospect...but to say he is way better than King is ignorant at this moment.
Hell last years stats show otherwise...and that is not taking into account the SEC vs Big East schedule. (and horrible QB play form UK)
All things equal, I take Parker...but all things arent equal, King has got a couple years on him.
This side by side matchup is close.
Well put. LaRod can play.
I've read this and tried to think about it objectively before posting. But here it is.....
Uk may have some good fr backs that I haven't seen but any of our 3 backs would start over Williams or sanders.
Andrell Smith was a starter and is very similar to larod king in size, speed, and ability but he lost his spot to a stud freshman last year. (Parker)
Loosing Harris hurt or size and reliability away going over the middle but we got much faster with Charles Gains(clocked at 4.31 at UF camp). Demling quoted one of our coaches saying "safe bet that Gaines scores a td Sunday. Kid is electric....
QB.... We know who is better! Teddy is listed at 203 in the op and max is listed at 230. Teddy is 221 and has put on 28lbs since the bowl game last year.
We rushed for 181 yards to your 35 last year with 3 true freshman starters. Enough said.
Obviously I think we r better across the board. Better hope for a rainy day and some turnovers to keep it close. Which is looking likely
You keep trying to play the " we are young" card but the bad thing is we are YOUNGER. We have 8 seniors on the 2 deep and UK has double that (16). We will lose 5 starters and 8 from our two deep. We are both very young but son't try that excuse because we beat you with a team of freshman as an underdog on the road last year and I full expect us to beat you with a team full of soph at home this year. Don't see teddy losing to UK in his career.
QB Who is better? You haven't seen the "new" Smith yet. Wait till Sunday to make that proclamation.
OL - Most of ours were injured. Were yours?
It will rain.
I am who I am, said he who is. 15,235
Yes our oline was injured. It was very noticeable against Marshall and FIU but not so much in Lexington. Our starting center and left guard were out so we moved our left tackle to center. So our entire left side was the 2nd string last year. All are healthy this year for what is shaping up to be a rain soaked battle in the trenches
Let's just put it this way, I have someone in the know who has relayed that OL Coach Mike Summers, the same Summers who turned UofL into a dynamic ground game under Petrino is extremely confident in UK's ground game this season.
Card fans know how good of a coach he is.
LOL. Don't expect them to give him his due.
By the way thanks for that tidbit.
You guys do have more exp and talent returning on Off at QB and RB but we have some good RB's,WR's and Max is doing fine these days. I also think we hold the edge up front. I'll take Miller, West, Smith, Warford and Mitchell over your 5 anyday...
On defense we are better at DT, I'm not sure if you know this or not but many have said you best DT Philon isn't 100% healthy... I hope the kid bounces back, I don't like to see anyone injured even a UofL or TN player but I hope it's after we play, kids good... We also have more exp and depth at DT. Since we base out of two different schemes on defense I think it's fair to say you guys hold the edge at DE in exp but before the season is over I think Bud Dupree will prove to be a better pass rusher than any DE on UofL's roster.
At LB you guys have the exp with Preston and Daniel Brown both have played a ton the past few years but that doesn't mean we are void of talent. Avery Williamson has played a lot and should have started last year... The sad truth is the best Inside LB in KY doesn't play for either school, Mr. "Dey spose to be SEC" is the best ILB in KY and he plays for WKU (Andrew Jackson).
Miles SImpson and Tyler Brause have both played but not a lot, they will man the SAM-Hybrid and WILB positions with Bud and Avery at Rush-backer and Mike LB. Josh F and Malcom M are super athletic, both will play. I give you guys the edge at LB in exp, but as far as talent I think it's a toss up.
In the secondary you guys have a obvious edge, Bushell is a good cover corner and Johnson is solid, he's a better tackler than cover man (I hope we take advantage of that), at safety Smith, Pryor and Holliman are very talented, but so is Lowery, Blaylock, Tyler and Dixon, not to mention Glenn (hurt) Zack B, Benton (coach on the field)...
So IMO you guys hold the talent edge at QB, RB, DE, DB's AT THIS POINT, MAYBE... With us holding the edge on the O-line, TE, Kicker, DT.
LB, Punter and returners are a toss up IMO.
I'll give credit when it's due, you guys have a few more proven returning players than we do however kids improve... As I'm sure you know Football is the ultimate team game and nothing is given, I can see why your team are favored but at the end of the day I think it could go either way and is much closer than either party wants to say... I can also see your team being over confident... Having good position groups mean nothing, it's all about execution, coaching and developement. If everything us fans have heard is true we have came a long ways from where we were last year, a long way... Can't wait to see the out come around 7:00 Sunday. One thing is certain, if you guys loose it will destroy your season, if we loose it will suck but to hear everyone talk we were suppose too...
This post was edited by todd 20 months ago
it want destroy there season uofl goes on to play 11 cupcakes after us we gotta play minor league nfl teams truth is ul is probably the 5th worst team we play and them and vandy r a toss up and thats the favorite to win the big east pathetic.
Damn, If Vandy and UofL are "pathetic" then what is UK football? We are in the top 25 with a team that is younger than yours. How good will we be in 2014??
Again. False. Both teams have 23 freshmen and sophs in the two deep and for uk that doesn't include josh Clemons or our two freshmen receivers who will play a ton of snaps.
What will you be saying about when we win this game with such a young team? Doubt it will be how good will they be in 2014.
By 2014? There is less than a zero chance Strong is still there in 2014 unless he starts sucking. No coach wants to stay at UL, just do well enough to get a better job as soon as possible.
This post was edited by diehardcard 19 months ago
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