Cardinal Authority answers questions about Louisville's upcoming game against Samford

The Louisville Cardinals are in search of their first victory of the season against Samford this weekend. Cardinal Authority answers a few questions about the upcoming contest.

Another week without naming a starting quarterback. Who gets most of the snaps this week? This week's crystal ball says that last week's starter, Kyle Bolin, will receive the majority of the snaps, but it also reveals that Lamar Jackson will have his number called more frequently than during the loss against the more challenging Clemson.

Will this be the game that the running backs gets going? It must be. An area believed to be a strength prior to the season, has produced little thus far. The Cardinals three primary backs – Brandon Radcliff, L.J. Scott and Jeremy Smith – have combined for 199 total yards on the season, for a paltry average of 66 yards per outing.

The Bulldogs defense enters the weekend giving up 192 yards a game on the ground against FCS competition, including allowing 271 last weekend against FCS No.10 Chattanooga. The larger and more mobile U of L offensive front should enjoy its best outing of the season, opening plenty of holes for the backs to hit. Look for the Cardinals to have their first 100-yard rusher of the season.

Will Devante Fields get his first sack of the season against Samford? Facing a mobile quarterback, which the Cardinals saw during the first three games, creates new challenges for edge rushers, but despite that, most, including Fields himself, believed he would have collected his first sack in a Louisville uniform by now. While unable to record a sack during the season's first three games, Fields has been involved frequently. He enters the weekend sixth on the team with 17 total tackles. His three tackles for a loss is second on the team, trailing Keith Kelsey's four.

Fields does notch his first sack of the season against Samford. The Bulldogs quarterback, Michael Eubank, prefers to stay in the pocket. He's completing 68 percent of his passes for just over 300 yards per outing, but he also provides a more stationary target for the Louisville rush.

It should be noted that as a team, Louisville only has three total sacks, two by Kelsey and one by Sheldon Rankins. I look for the season total to double this weekend.

Surely the Cardinals get their first win, am I right? Yes. Not only will the team record their first win of the season and avoid the program's first 0-4 start since 1975, but the overall dominance will allow players deeper on the depth chart to gain valuable game experience.

What time is CardMarch? This is a question that we receive from multiple folks every week and that's a good thing. With kickoff slated for 6:00 p.m., CardMarch will begin at the Denny Crum Overpass at approximately 3:45 p.m. Traditionally, the team departs the team buses on the overpass, making their way down the stairs and through the tunnel to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

There have been great turnouts for CardMarch this season, keep it going. And, be sure to pick up some freebies from the game sponsors lined up at StreetFest while waiting for the team to arrive.


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