- Date: September 1st
- Time: 3:30 pm
- Channel: ESPN
- Last season’s team records: Ohio (9-4, 4-4 in MAC); UofL (11-2, 5-2 in Big East)
This is one game that I think has a lot of people worried about starting the season with. Louisville is obviously coming off of a great season and has even bigger aspirations for this one, hoping to have an undefeated season with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm for the Cards’ offense. Ohio is not going to lie down and take that.
Ohio is a tough squad who has been on the rise over the previous years. This Ohio team is going to be even tougher than those in previous years. That’s due to the fact that this is such a mature Ohio team. Offensively, they’re led by Senior QB Tyler Tettleton, a player who holds many passing records for the Bobcats. Now, despite his injuries last season, he’s definitely recovered and is going to be a threat for the UofL defense. He’s not all they have going for them offensively. Ohio also has Senior RB Beau Blankenship in the backfield for them. Blankenship, like Tettleton, also holds many school records like rushing yards in a season (1,604). Ohio’s offense is going to be difficult to contain, as they have two huge scoring threats, unlike most of these schools from conferences like the MAC who may have a really good QB and nothing else, and vice versa.
Last season, Ohio’s defense may not have been the best part of their team, seeing as how players like Travis Carrie and Jamil Shaw both went out very early in the season. They’re both back this year to lead the secondary on this veteran defense. Their defense won’t be as good as their offense is, so Louisville is really going to need to score some points when they get the ball.
Overall, I think Louisville will win, but this is certainly a trap game to start off the season. If Louisville comes out of the gates rusty from having not played a real game in months, or overconfident (which Coach Strong will not let happen), then it’s going to be a tough 60 minutes for the Cardinals. Ohio is going to be a tough team too. Don’t be surprised if Louisville is the only team they lose to this season. 73 days till kickoff. Go Cards.