Louisville vs. Kentucky: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

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Louisville vs. Kentucky: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
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Teddy Bridgewater and No. 7 Louisville will visit Kentucky on Saturday after destroying Ohio and Eastern Kentucky by a combined score of 93-14 the past two weeks.

Against the Colonels in Week 2, Bridgewater threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, which included connecting with junior receiver DeVante Parker five times for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Louisville also held Eastern Kentucky to just 206 yards of total offense while forcing two turnovers.

After losing to Western Kentucky in Week 1, Kentucky's offense exploded against Miami (Ohio) in Week 2, romping to a 41-7 victory. Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the big win.

But will Kentucky be a challenge for Louisville?

Read on.

*All statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com

 

When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon ET

Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Betting Line (via Covers.com): Louisville -14

 

Louisville Injuries (via USA Today)

Out: TE Hunter Bowles (Neck), RB Corvin Lamb (Knee)

Questionable: No injuries to report

Probable: No injuries to report

 

Kentucky Injuries (via USA Today)

Out: LS Kyle Budde (Knee), RB Josh Clemons (Achilles)

Questionable: RB Raymond Sanders III (Undisclosed), WR Demarco Robinson (Ankle), LB Kory Brown (Foot)

Probable:  No injuries to report

 

Top Storyline: Was Kentucky's Resurgence vs. Miami (OH) a Fluke?

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Maxwell Smith wasn't the only Kentucky player who lit it up against Miami in Week 2.

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Junior receiver Javess Blue caught six balls for 114 yards and a touchdown. As a whole, the Wildcats rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 6.7 yards per carry. Freshman Jojo Kemp rushed for a team-high 78 yards on 12 carries. 

While Kentucky's defense also stepped up against Miami, the Wildcats are likely going to have to score a lot against Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals, who are in mid-season form offensively.

After tossing for 975 yards and eight touchdowns to four interceptions in four games last season, can Smith show that he's for real against Louisville?

 

Prediction: Louisville 38, Kentucky 17

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It's a bit surprising to me that Louisville is favored by only 13.5 points on Saturday. While Kentucky is coming off a big win, the Wildcats have yet to face top competition, and Louisville certainly qualifies as that.

As Russ Mitchell of College Football News noted:

While Kentucky should be commended for the strides it made from Week 1 to Week 2, it's hard for me to believe that the defense is all of a sudden a threat to Louisville after allowing 26 points to Western Kentucky in Week 1. 

As for Louisville, Bridgewater is going to make sure this team puts up points moving forward, and it doesn't hurt to have four receivers who have each already posted at least 128 receiving yards.

 

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