Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, photo by River City Cards
Louisville looks to rebound from off-week
Well, the last game was stressful. 16 penalties, two fumbles close to the end zone, it was not the way that The Cards wanted to start out a new season.
But, that’s all behind us now.
No.17 Louisville travels to Chapel Hill this week, to take on North Carolina. The Tar Heels are in the midst of a rebuild year, after losing many pieces, including QB Mitch Trubisky.
A look at last week
The Tar Heels put up 436 yards of offense against California Week one, but ultimately lost 35-30. When looking at the box score, a few things stick out:
North Carolina has a balanced offense. They had 217 yards passing, 219 rushing. They had three players rush for over 50 yards. Their QB, Chazz Surratt, also rushed for 66, and scored a touchdown rushing and one passing.
The bulk of North Carolina’s offense will come on the ground. They had three touchdowns last week rushing, two of which came from freshman Michael Carter, also running 11 times for 94 yards.
But they did commit three turnovers. Two were interceptions, one was a lost fumble.
What to watch for
Both teams showed areas for improvement week one. UNC was not the offensive juggernaut of years past. Louisville also fumbled in critical situations, and committed over ten false starts. If the Cards are to win this game, they must cut that down. The line is young, with two starting freshmen, but they need to fix this before the tougher ACC games begin. The good news is, however, that they did not allow a sack, the first time since Louisville’s 2016 opener to do so.
Watch for more of the same as last week, with Lamar Jackson passing more than not. Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino said he wants Jackson to pass more, and to become a more pro-style QB. It’s best for him to practice against opponents that Louisville has more of a chance to win against
The line will still show some lapses, but hopefully not as many as last week. Louisville is going to hold Jackson back just a little, but they can always let him free if they find themselves down. The Cards will win, 38-28.