Louisville will host Western Kentucky on Saturday.  The stats for the 0-2 Hilltoppers and 1-1 Cards aren’t pretty.  WKU lost its opener vs. Wisconsin 34-3…… no shame in that as the Badgers opened the season as the #4 team in the nation.  But in Week 2 WKU fell to MAINE.  FCS Maine.  The final score was 31-28 and Western Kentucky was horrible on 3rd down vs. the Black Bears.

Neither UofL or WKU has good offensive numbers, neither team has shown the ability to run the ball and the numbers on the defensive side of the ball aren’t much better.  What stands out are the rankings in the 80s or worse for both teams: Scoring Offense, Total Offense, Rushing Offense, Scoring Defense, Rushing Defense, Turnover Margin, Time of Possession, Sacks Allowed, 3rd Down Conversion %, Red Zone Conversion %, Red Zone Trips, Kickoffs, Plays, Yards Per Play, and Plays +10 Yards.

And the crazy thing is that a team HAS to win this game.

Overall Overall
Louisville Western Kentucky
Strength of Schedule (Sagarin) 37th 29th
Scoring Offense (ppg) 22.5 (101st) 15.5 (121st)
Total Offense (ypg) 315.5 (112th) 347.0 (102nd)
Passing Offense (ypg) 208.0 (82nd) 264.0 (48th)
Rushing Offense (ypg) 107.5 (115th) 83.0 (122nd)
Scoring Defense (ppg) 29.0 (93rd) 32.5 (102nd)
Total Defense (ypg) 365.0 (68th) 407.5 (91st)
Passing Defense (ypg) 167.0 (37th) 219.5 (73th)
Rushing Defense (ypg) 198.00 (102nd) 188.00 (98th)
Punt Returns (ypr) 28.67 (6th) 0 (109th)
Kickoff Returns (ypr) 20.67 (67th) 24.00 (33rd)
Opponent Punt Returns (ypr) 20.00 (102nd) 4.00 (40th)
Opponent Kickoff Return (ypr) 28.0 (116th) 19.25 (55th)
Punting (ypp) 44.64 (24th) 36.33 (110th)
Field Goal % 100% (1st) 50.00% (88th)
Opponent FG % 50.% (23rd) 100.00% (75th)
First Downs (per game) 19.0 (96th) 16.0 (119th)
Opponent First Downs (per game) 16.5 (37th) 19.0 (59th)
Penalties (ypg) 84.0 (114th) 51.5 (51st)
Turnover Margin (season) -3 (111th) -1 (82nd)
Time of Possession 28:50.50 (85th) 26:24.00 (114th)
Sacks (Per Game) 1.0 (94th) 3.0 (28th)
Tackles for Loss (Per Game) 3.5 (117th) 6.5 (54th)
Sacks Allowed (Per Game) 3.5 (113th) 3.5 (113th)
Tackles for Loss Allowed (Per Game) 7.5 (106th) 5.5 (60th)
Interceptions (season) 0 (Last) 1 (75th)
Passes Defended (per game) 2.00 (118th) 6.5 (19th)
Fumbles Recovered (season) 1 (61st) 1 (61st)
Fumbles Forced (season) 2 (33rd) 1 (68th)
Fumbles Lost (season) 1 (30th) 2 (80th)
Interceptions Lost (Season) 3 (99th) 1 (34th)
Kick/Punts Blocked (season)
3rd Down Conversion % 34.62% (101st) 25.00% (122nd)
4th Down Conversion % 0% (98th) 25.00% (91st)
Opponent 3rd Down Conversion % 43.75% (106th) 38.71% (80th)
Opponent 4th Down Conversion % 100% (109th) 50.00% (58th)
Red Zone Conversion % 80.0% (88th) 25.00% (130th)
Red Zone TD Conversion % 80.0% (21st) 0% (129th)
Red Zone Trips 5 (95th) 4 (112th)
Opponent Red Zone Conversion % 83.33% (62nd) 100% (92nd)
Opponent Red Zone TD Conversion % 83.33% (109th) 50.00% (37th)
Opponent Red Zone Trips 6 (65th) 4 (26th)
Kickoffs (ypk) 61.00 (90th) 61.57 (83rd)
Plays 125 (115th) 136 (86th)
Yards Per Play 5.05 (105th) 5.10 (100th)
Plays +10 Yards 25 (91st) 23 (100th)
Plays +20 Yards 8 (77th) 5 (112th)
Plays +30 Yards 4 (61st) 4 (61st)
Plays +40 Yards 1 (90th) 3 (27th)
Opponent Plays +10 Yards 21 (34th) 30 (90th)
Opponent Plays +20 Yards 9 (73rd) 13 (111th)
Opponent Plays +30 Yards 3 (41st) 6 (101st)
Opponent Plays +40 Yards 1 (18th) 3 (82nd)
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