UofL vs. UK

| September 15, 2011

My assignment (and I didn’t have a choice whether to accept or refuse) was to single out the game plan and special players who are capable of turning the tide for UofL or UK in Saturday night’s game in Lexington.

So here goes:

Big for both

Neither the Cardinals nor the Wildcats burned up the gridiron in their first two games. The way I have figured, the teams deserve each other. If the Cards’ red and the Cats’ blue don’t get the teams fired up, nothing will.

Remember UK had to be made, shamed and embarrassed to start playing Little Brother.

That still should rile UofL and get the Cards ready to play some tackle football.

What will get UK ready? Well, UofL is still in Louisville, isn’t it?

Secret weapons

UofL’s Josh Chichester can catch the ball! He has been 6-foot-8 and about 265 pounds for a long time, but he has convinced Cardinal quarterbacks that they no longer have to bypass him for another receiver. UK has no linebacker or defensive back big enough to keep him from snaring the ball.

But UK has the secret weapon to end all secret weapons: The Wildcats captured all-purpose star Randall Cobb and didn’t let him go back to Green Bay where he had a sensational debut last week with the Super Bowl champion Packers. Well, what’s wrong with that? He has a year of college eligibility left. But that’s just dreaming, isn’t it?

Super secret weapon

Kentucky has a player capable of dominating a game both on offense and defense, punter Ryan Tydlacka, a Trinity High product who has been booming kicks so far this season. UofL can counter with freshman sensation DeVante Parker who may be the most talented player on the field.

Don’t go there

Where All-American UK linebacker Danny Trevathan and safety Winston Guy Jr. are, UofL runners and receivers should avoid. Each of the defenders got 13 tackles against Central Michigan. That’s a lot of stops for two guys in the same backfield. Dexter Heyman, all 6-3 and 245 pounds, is the linebacker UK should avoid.

Defense

Florida International had the speedy receivers to embarrass UofL, which is lacking in the speed department. The Cardinals couldn’t stop the quicker Florida team from catching the ball and weren’t fast enough to run them down after they did.

The keys

If the Cards can spring Victor Anderson loose through just one hole in the line, UK doesn’t have the speed to catch him. If Morgan Newton can keep making big plays from his QB position, UofL will have trouble catching him and also freshman Josh Clemons, who gained 126 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown run. Newton will have to keep up his impressive all-around game he showed against Central Michigan.

The pick?

I picked UK a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think the Cats are where they should be (did they really have pre-season practice?), but the home field advantage should keep UK’s domination of UofL alive.

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