Louisville hosts Boston College at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Cardinal Authority previews Saturday afternoon's game between Louisville and Boston College at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Date: Oct. 24, 2015
Game Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Television: ACC Network
  Play by Play: Tim Brant
  Analyst: David Archer
 Sideline: Roddy Jones

Weather

Bring your rain poncho.  Be wise and be mentally prepared to get a little, or a lot wet. The forecast from The Weather Channel calls for an 80 percent chance of rain on Saturday, with it transitioning from occassional to steady rain during the afternoon. Total rainfall could reach a quarter of an inch. A high of 73 degrees is expected.

About the Cardinals and Eagles

  • Louisville enters the game at 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. Boston College stands 3-4 overall, with all four losses coming in ACC play.
  • Louisville leads the all-time series between the two programs 4-3 and has won two straight, including a 38-19 last season in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
  • The Cardinals forced four turnovers in the 2014 meeting and scored 21 straight points to overcome a 13-3 second quarter deficit.
  • In all prior meetings, the winning team earned a victory by at least 14 points. The closest game came in 1989 when the Cardinals won at Alumni Stadium, 36-22.
  • Louisville is 3-2 in ACC play at home under Bobby Petrino.
  • Boston College currently ranks first in the nation in total defense, surrending just 198 yards per game.  Allowing just 11 points per contest, the Eagles rank fourth nationally in scoring defense. The Eagles have held ACC competition to 15 points per game.
  • The Cardinals have played the third-toughest schedule in the country, according to the Sagarin Ratings. Louisville’s opponents have a combined 25-5 overall record with three teams currently ranked in the top 25. Houston, Clemson and Florida State are ranked, while all three teams are a combined 18-0 this year.
  • The Cardinals had their streak of forcing a turnover halted at 21 games after not forcing a turnover in the loss to Florida State last week. Louisville ranks 71st nationally in turnover margin, with Boston College slightly better at No.64.
  • The Cardinals have allowed a 100-yard rusher in four of the six games this season after FSU’s Dalvin Cook rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Louisville is 0-4 when allowing a player to rush for 100 or more yards.
  • Freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson is the third UofL freshman to have a 300-yard passing game in a season, joining Chris Redman and sophomore Kyle Bolin, who both had two during their freshmen seasons. Jackson threw for a career-best 307 yards and three touchdowns in the 44-21 loss to Florida State.
  • Jackson also leads the Cardinals in rushing with 467 yards and has a team-high five touchdowns.
  • Boston College has had its issues on offense this year averaging 254.0 yards of total offense, including 89.5 yards through the air, which ranks 123rd nationally.

Three Things for a Boston College Win

  1. Return to prior ways. Boston College gave up 34 points to Clemson last weekend, but will need to return to its prior ways if hopes to defeat the Cardinals.  The Eagles have allowed just under nine points a game in its other three (Duke, Florida State, Wake Forest) ACC contests.
  2. Find an offense.  BC has scored just 34 points against FBS compition. That's slightly less than a touchdown a game.  That won't work.
  3. Pick Off. The Eagles defense soft spot is against the pass, but they have playmakers.  An interception or two could be a game changer.

Three Things for a Louisville Win

  1. Pass the Ball. Lamar Jackson threw for more than 300 yards for the first time last weekend. Keep the rhythm going.
  2. Defense! Defense! Following the second half debacle at FSU last weekend, the U of L defense must return its more stingy self and keep the Eagles offense in struggling mode.
  3. Errors. No one can expect to have an error-free game, but close would secure a win.


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