Pre-Game, Preview: Louisville

The Highly ranked Cardinals are coming to town to pay a visit and for the Cats to extend their unbeaten streak under Coach Prince- they will need a flawless effort. Our own Cedrique Flemming taks a look at the Cardinals and the Cats and breaks down Keys to look for this Saturday. Kansas State v Louisville - the Preview.

Louisville is bringing the most balanced offensive attack in the nation into ‘The Bill' this Saturday. The Cardinals average more than 50 points per game, and the Wildcats have not shown that they can be consistent offensively. This game will be perfect for K-State and its fans to see exactly where the team is right now. Don't expect a victory, but look for the Wildcats to try their best to keep it under 21 points.

Player of the Game on offense: Running back Thomas Clayton
Maybe the best way to slow down the potent Louisville offense is for the Cardinals to not get the ball very much. In order for this to happen, the Wildcats will need to establish a decent running game in an attempt to control the tempo. Look for coach Ron Prince to call numerous running plays to Clayton early in the game. He will rush for 75 yards on about 25 carries, but will be held without a touchdown.

Player of the Game on defense: Defensive end Ian Campbell

Campbell is going to have to go crazy this weekend. He will need to play the best game of his life in order for the Wildcats to stand a chance. He is going to have to get at least three sacks and numerous tackles for loss in an attempt to try and rattle young Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell.


Surprise contributor: Defensive Tackle Quintin Echols

Not too many people have been talking about him this year. He is a senior and knows the importance of big games like these. He will try and spark the Wildcats by causing a fumble early in the game or making a big hit on somebody in the Cardinals backfield.

Player you shouldn't expect too much out of: Quarterback Dylan Meier

He'll get a few yards through the air, but after the Wildcats get down big early, he will start to try and fit the ball into places where he shouldn't, resulting in somewhere in the neighborhood of two-three interceptions.


Three keys to a Wildcat victory:


Forget the rankings –
Yea, they are ranked No. 8 in the country, but so what. Just go out there and play better than you've ever played before and maybe something spectacular might happen this weekend. Use the early excitement from the crowd in the first quarter to try and squeeze a couple of points out of the Cardinals.

Defensive linemen must play the best game of their lives –

Cantwell might not be Brian Brohm, but this kid is just as good. He will throw for more than 300 yards if the defensive line doesn't get into his head early by applying pressure. The amount of pressure the front four put on him will dictate how often the Cardinals throw the ball. If the Wildcats can't get to him, then the secondary better get ready to chase Cardinals around all day.

Get lucky –

This could come in the form of a couple of interceptions, a long run by Clayton, or how about another special teams touchdown. Either way, something crazy must happen for K-State to stand a chance.

Final Score: KSU 17, UL 45

Louisville won't reach its season average of 50.7 points per game, but K-State's defense is just no match for the most balanced offensive attack in the nation. And, oh yea, the Cardinals defense isn't that bad either. Hopefully the Wildcats can rebound quickly after this blowout, because they will have to travel to Waco, Texas next weekend to open up Big 12 Conference play against Baylor.


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