Louisville and Kentucky will square off at Kroger Field on Saturday for the Bourbon Bowl (or the Governor’s Cup if you’d like to remain corny). The Cards and Cats are two very different teams. Louisville is a big play offense that can hit on big plays on the ground or through the air with a defense that can give up big yardage. Kentucky on the other hand is a team with a solid defense (very much limiting big plays) who is almost entirely one-dimensional with the running (and converted WR) Quarterback Lynn Bowden.

No one expected the Cards to be playing for win #8 as the final regular season game. Kentucky reached bowl eligibility last week with a win over UT-Martin.

Some things that stand out:

  • Louisville SOS vs. Kentucky SOS
  • UofL Scoring/Total Offense vs. UK Scoring/Total Defense
  • UK Rushing Offense vs. UofL Rushing D
  • UofL Punt Returns vs. UK Punt Return D
  • UK’s Punting!
  • UK TFL’s Gained vs. UofL TFL Allowed
  • UofL fumbles forced vs. UK fumbles lost
  • Kentucky on 3rd down (O & D)
  • UK in Red Zone
  • UK Defending the Red Zone
  • UofL #1 in Plays of 40+ yards!

The metrics might make our heads spin, but really there is nothing to go on. Louisville hasn’t seen a team setup like Kentucky yet in 2019…. and Kentucky frankly hasn’t seen an offense like the Cards.

Louisville Kentucky
Strength of Schedule (Sagarin)38th60th
Scoring Offense (ppg)34.5 (25th)24.6 (95th)
Total Offense (ypg)453.4 (28th)379.7 (89th)
Passing Offense (ypg)238.8 (62nd)127.4 (126th)
Rushing Offense (ypg)214.55 (25th)252.36 (12th)
Scoring Defense (ppg)32.8 (105th)18.9 (18th)
Total Defense (ypg)439.9 (102nd)321.9 (22nd)
Passing Defense (ypg)256.3 (105th)178.5 (10th)
Rushing Defense (ypg)183.00 (86th)143.45 (51st)
Punt Returns (ypr)12.47 (19th)7.88 (66th)
Kickoff Returns (ypr)29.81 (2nd)23.88 (25th)
Opponent Punt Returns (ypr)5.06 (30th)9.33 (84th)
Opponent Kickoff Return (ypr)23.31 (108th)15.9 (7th)
Punting (ypp)41.84 (68th)48.89 (1st)
Field Goal %66.67% (86th)58.3% (111th)
Opponent FG %66.67% (33rd)77.8% (85th)
First Downs (per game)20.3 (82nd)19.5 (92nd)
Opponent First Downs (per game)22.4 (95th)17.0 (16th)
Penalties (ypg)60.9 (92nd)52.8 (58th)
Turnover Margin (season)EVEN (63rd)-2 (80th)
Time of Possession31:02.27 (38th)32:33.55 (19th)
Sacks (Per Game)2.09 (70th)2.36 (49th)
Tackles for Loss (Per Game)6.09 (61st)4.91 (104th)
Sacks Allowed (Per Game)2.73 (108th)1.46 (27th)
Tackles for Loss Allowed (Per Game)9.46 (129th)4.73 (23rd)
Interceptions Gained (season)7 (88th)7 (88th)
Passes Defended (per game)4.73 (33rd)4.91 (25th)
Fumbles Recovered (season)9 (23rd)9 (23rd)
Fumbles Forced (season)12 (16th)14 (9th)
Fumbles Lost (season)8 (73rd)11 (115th)
Interceptions Lost (Season)8 (51st)7 (37th)
Kick/Punts Blocked (season)0 (130th)1 (56th)
3rd Down Conversion %43.54% (33rd)38.30% (84th)
4th Down Conversion %61.11% (32nd)45.45% (91st)
Opponent 3rd Down Conversion %38.31% (57th)38.85% (65th)
Opponent 4th Down Conversion %45.00% (36th)23.08% (2nd)
Red Zone Conversion %82.5% (72nd)77.14% (103rd)
Red Zone TD Conversion %70.00% (30th)65.71 (44th)
Red Zone Trips40 (73rd)35 (95th)
Opponent Red Zone Conversion %82.61% (56th)76.67% (22nd)
Opponent Red Zone TD Conversion %71.74% (121st)60.0% (63rd)
Opponent Red Zone Trips46 (101st)30 (20th)
Kickoffs (ypk)60.39 (77th)62.72 (32nd)
Plays731 (92nd)720 (103rd)
Yards Per Play6.82 (11th)5.8 (73rd)
Yads Per Play Allowed6.05 (102nd)5.28 (22nd)
Plays +10 Yards165 (51st)140 (95th)
Plays +20 Yards71 (11th)61 (32nd)
Plays +30 Yards36 (8th)25 (57th)
Plays +40 Yards27 (1st)14 (41st)
Opponent Plays +10 Yards174 (108th)129 (23rd)
Opponent Plays +20 Yards55 (88th)39 (20th)
Opponent Plays +30 Yards26 (83rd)15 (19th)
Opponent Plays +40 Yards15 (105th)4 (2nd)
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