Louisville football: Three keys to beating Miami

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Three keys for Louisville football against Miami.

If Louisville football wants to take the next step and get its second ranked win of the Scott Satterfield era, it is going to have to clean up some of the costly mistakes from the season opener against Western Kentucky.

The No.17 Miami Hurricanes travel to town to take on the Cards for Louisville’s first College Gameday appearance since 2017.

Here are three keys for the Cardinals if they want to take down the visiting Hurricanes.


1. Get the running game established

Louisville football was electric in all facets on offense in 2019, but that offensive success all started with the running game.

Running back Javian Hawkins recorded 8 games over 100 yards last season, and the Cardinals led every game in time of possession and often controlled their own destiny thanks to their prolific ground game.

Now, against a Miami team with a prolific pass rush, it may be more important than ever for Louisville football to start off the game by establishing the ground attack.

Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau opted out this season, but in his place Temple transfer Quincy Roche could be a handful. Linebacker Bradley Jennings Jr was a consistent contributor in game one for the Hurricanes.

In order to circumnavigate the Miami pass rush, Louisville needs to gain first downs on the ground early and often.

Louisville thrives in play action scenarios that open things up for big plays deep. It will only serve to benefit the Cardinals do keep some eyes in the backfield for a little bit longer to free up space for an array of big play receivers.

Miami will be extremely thin in the secondary after back-up corner Christian Williams announced his transfer this week. That means that the Hurricanes will only have three corners in the rotation. If Louisville gets things established on the ground and then uses that to create mismatches in the passing game, it will be a long night for their corners who may rarely get a chance to come off the field.

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