The Louisville football team is set to play Boston College this Saturday afternoon. Who will be the biggest threat to the Cardinals?
This Saturday, the Louisville football team will hit the road to Massachusetts to take on the Boston College Eagles. Louisville is coming off a 30-0 win over Syracuse while Boston College just enjoyed a bye week after taking a loss to Notre Dame.
Boston College comes into the game with a 5-4 record while Louisville is 3-6. Both teams have two regular season games remaining.
At this point in the year, both of these teams are vying for the potential to get to a bowl. All teams are eligible for bowl games this year, but there are only a certain amount of spots to be taken up in these bowls. Whether these extra games actually happen this year is another story within itself.
This is a different kind of Boston College team. For the first time in what feels like forever, this squad likes to air the ball out. For that, new players are blossoming in head coach Jeff Hafley‘s offense.
The Cardinals will have their hands full trying to stop the Eagles. As always, Boston College has their fair share of rock solid defensive players.
If Louisville hopes to win this weekend to keep their bowl game hopes alive, these are the three players the Cardinals will have to lock in on.
WR Zay Flowers
Zay Flowers is the definition of explosive from his wide receiver position. The most dynamic player on the team at 5’11” 178-pounds, Flowers is known for taking the top off the defense and making defenders look silly in the open field.
Flowers already has 625 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in just nine games this year. He is averaging over 15 yards per reception.
If Boston College is looking to make a big play, it’s likely that they will look for Flowers to provide the goods.
Flowers is just a true sophomore but he has become the go-to guy in the Boston College offense this year after putting himself on the map as a true freshman in 2019. Flowers put up three receptions for 72 yards against the Cards last season.
It’s very likely that Louisville will be putting their trust in Kei’Trel Clark to play across from Flowers more time than not whenever the Cards are playing in man coverage.
Flowers is not eligible to be drafted in 2021. However, he is eventually going to be a highly sought after prospect as soon as 2022. This will be an awesome opportunity for Clark against one of the premier wideouts in the ACC.
In addition to his ability to take the top off the defense, Flowers is also a huge threat in space. Louisville’s defenders will need to rally to the football and gather him to the ground or he could make you miss and take it for six.
It’s not regular to see this kind of athlete on the field for Boston College on offense. But they have a great one and he is only getting better as a player. If the Cardinals take Flowers out of the picture, the game becomes much easier to win.
Flowers did suffer a shoulder injury for at least some portion of their last game with Notre Dame. We will keep you updated on his status if it does change.