Louisville Football: A Glance at Virginia Through The Numbers

Louisville's Hassan Hall gains yardage in the open field against Virginia.Cardscavs19
Louisville's Hassan Hall gains yardage in the open field against Virginia.Cardscavs19 /
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Oct 9, 2021; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Trevion Cooley (23) runs the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second half at Cardinal Stadium. Virginia defeated Louisville 34-33. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2021; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Trevion Cooley (23) runs the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second half at Cardinal Stadium. Virginia defeated Louisville 34-33. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports /

How does Louisville stack up against Virginia when looking at the stats?

The Louisville Cardinals will be taking on the Virginia Cavaliers tomorrow night at L&N Stadium, and the Cardinals are favored heavily going into this game. Virginia comes into the game at 2-7 and still trying to find some answers for themselves. Since week 4 Virginia has been in one possession games, however, last week they fell to Georgia Tech in a lopsided 45-17 loss.

Louisville is favored by -20.0 going into the game, with an over/under of 50.5. These betting odds suggest that Louisville will likely win in a 31-10 type of win.

Here is where Virginia stands in the numbers/stats:

Offensive Stats:

Yds/Game: 338.2 (93rd FBS, 8th ACC)

Rush Yds/Game: 120.2 (106th FBS, 13th ACC)

Pass Yds/Game: 218.0 (65th FBS, 7th ACC)

Pts/Game: 23.1 (95th FBS, 12th ACC)

Defensive Stats:

Yds/Game: 390.0 (96th FBS, 13th ACC)

Rush Yds/Game:180.3 (113th FBS, 13th ACC)

Pass Yds/Game: 209.7 (61st FBS, 9th ACC)

Pts/Game: 32.4 (116th FBS, 14th ACC)

Virginia Top Players:

Tony Musket (QB): 1,035 total passing yards, 63.3% completion rate through 5 starts, 6 TDs to 5 interceptions.

Anthony Colandrea (QB): 1,123 total passing yards, 60.4% completion rate, 3 starts, 7 TDs to 7 interceptions.

Perris Jones (RB): 386 total rushing yards, 130 receiving yards,  5.29 yards per carry, 2 rushing TDs.

Malik Washington (WR): 1,044 total receiving yards, 13.22 yards per catch, 6 TD catches.

Malachi Fields (WR): 563 total receiving yards, 12.8 yards per catch, 2 TD catches.

Thoughts on Virginia’s numbers/stats:

Virginia has been competitive in their recent games, but in a recent 28 point loss to Georgia Tech, it may suggest that they may have given up on the season. Virginia gave up 300 rushing and 200 passing yards to Georgia tech and Louisville should be able to capitalize on that.

Virginia also may not have QB Tony Muskett play tomorrow against Louisville, and they have to go back to Anthony Colandrea. Musket seems to make mistakes but he also makes big plays, so it’s a flip of a coin of what kind of game he will have. Colandrea has also been hit or miss this season, so it will be interesting to see how QB play for Virginia tomorrow night really is.

Virginia doesn’t ranked higher than 61st in the FBS in any category, and that just goes to show how bad of a football team Virginia really is. While Virginia did have many close games throughout the year, they still lost those games, and these stats prove that.

Virginia really struggles to run the ball and stop the run, which is the Cardinals strengths. The way Virginia plays football should end up being very beneficial for Louisville, and they should be able to take care of Virginia come kickoff time tomorrow.

While Virginia can pull the upset, it doesn’t look likely. Louisville definitely has the edge going into tomorrow night inside L&N Stadium.