--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
For the past two weeks, the Louisville Cardinals have played ACC opponents. Louisville went 0-2 over the span.
It doesn’t get any easier. The Cardinals travel north, to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; to face AJ Dillon and the Boston College Golden Eagles. The game takes place Saturday at 12:30. The game will be on Fox Sports South in Louisville.
The Eagles win on the ground. Boston College has the 26th rushing offense in the FBS. They average 222.8 yards per game.
Most of the yards are from Sophomore running back AJ Dillon; one of the best running backs in the ACC. While he may be questionable for the game Saturday; if he plays, he’ll carry the offense. So far this year, Dillon has rushed 106 times for 652 yards and six touchdowns. He averages 130.4 per game. In comparison; Louisville only averages 118 yards per contest.
That’s right; Dillon has more rushing yards per game than Louisville.
The stellar rushing attack led to BC’s 4-2 record; and a week four top 25 ranking. BC found themselves No. 23 in the AP poll after shelling the FBS independent team, the FCS team; and winning a solid game on the road at Wake Forest.
Being ranked wouldn’t last long. Boston College dropped after losing in West Lafayette to Jeff Brohm and Purdue.
Boston College is mediocre at passing, and on defense. Starting QB Anthony Brown led the Eagles to the 75th passing offense. He has completed 75 of 133 for 1059 yards and 13 touchdowns. Brown has also thrown four picks.
Brown has aired the ball out to multiple receivers. Four receivers have three touchdowns. Their No. 1 target is Kobay White. The Sophomore has 15 catches for 258 yards.
Defensively, Boston College isn’t scary on paper. Opponents tally 27 points against them, and convert almost 40 percent on third down. Jim Reid’s defense allows 408 yards per game. It is on-par with Louisville’s 413 yards allowed per game.
If Dillon misses the game; Louisville may be able to squeak out a win. If he plays, the Cardinals need to be prepared against the run. Louisville has a decent pass defense, but allows a ton on the ground.