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Team Capsule: Louisville

A quick look at Louisville’s trip to Winston

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Team: Louisville

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Total Enrollment: 22,640

Conference: ACC

Home Stadium: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (55,000)

Head Coach: Bobby Petrino, 8th year total (2003-2006, 2014-present), 67-22 overall

2016 Record: 9-4 (7-1)

PPG: 42.5 (6th nationally)

PAPG: 23.8 (31st nationally)

Best Win: Undoubtedly Louisville’s best win last season was 63-20 route over #2 ranked FSU. Eventual Heisman winner Lamar Jackson put on a show, throwing for 200 yards and adding 146 yards on the ground for a combined 5 touchdowns in a game that saw UL rack up 530 yards of total offense.

Worst Loss: A 41-38 loss to instate rival Kentucky, who ended up having a decent season at 7-6. Jackson turned the ball over 4 times, including a costly fumble with 1:45 remaining in the game that led to a UK game winning field goal.

Vegas Over/Under: 9.5 (under -120)

Louisville is a team with a high-powered offense that returns the Heisman winner and the best dual threat quarterback in the nation in Lamar Jackson. The Deacs played the Cardinals close last season, taking a 12-10 lead into the 4th quarter before giving up 34 points in the final 15 minutes. The Deacs definitely have a chance to win this one (the last time UL came to BB&T Field they won by just 1 point), but they will need to be super focused and disciplined on containing Jackson and not allowing him to scramble and take off down the field.

This game will likely be surrounded by plenty of media attention and chances for distraction due to the whole Wakey Leaks ordeal, but I’m confident that Clawson will be able to keep that kind of stuff away from the players and have them ready to compete. The players could also use it as a source of motivation to play their best and get some revenge.

With the tough schedule that Wake has this year, an upset against Louisville could be instrumental in getting the Deacs to a bowl game for a 2nd consecutive year.

What are your thoughts on this game?