Louisville hosts Virginia on Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Cardinal Authority answers questions about Louisville's game against Virginia this Saturday

1. Does Kyle Bolin secure the starting role for remainder of season, including a bowl, with another great performance against Virginia? Who would have imagined that would be a question in week nine, but that is the reality of the Louisville quarterback.  With the frequency of changes at the spot the past two seasons, either due to injury and/or inconsistency, it is difficult, if not impossible, to project who could be behind center on a weekly basis.  One thing that I do anticipate is the participation - in some capacity - of both Lamar Jackson and Reggie Bonnafon on Saturday.

2. What's the biggest challenge the Louisville defense will face against UVA? This is a good question.  The way that the Louisville defense has been playing during its three-game winning streak, giving up an average of just 210 yards per outing, it's hard to imagine the Cavaliers offense mustering much.  Virginia enters the game at No. 105 nationally with just 138 rushing yards per outing, and its 230 passing yards checks in at No. 61, so it is not a team that can light up the field offensively.  In its last outing, a 27-21 loss at Miami, the Cavs rushed for 127 yards and passed for 280 on 42 attempts.  Expect UVA to toss it around, but it sets up another potential big afternoon for the Cardinals secondary.  Opponents have intercepted Virginia 15 times, which ranks No. 123 in country. That's not good when facing a team that is No. 3 nationally.

3. Is there a little payback from last season's loss to Virginia on the mind of the U of L players? The Cavaliers upset No. 21 Louisville last fall and yes, the stinging loss still resonates amongst the players.  While the focus on Saturday will be to send the departing seniors out with a win in their final home game, the word revenge has come up with the players.  The Cardinals were a heavy favorite last season and are a two touchdown favorite to win on Saturday afternoon. At 3-6 overall, UVA must defeat the Cardinals to become bowl eligible, but that motivation is likely dwarfed by what is driving the Cardinals.

4. Does Louisville become bowl eligible on Saturday? Yes. After an 0-3 start, the Cardinals have rebounded to win five of their last six and three straight to improve to 5-4 overall. One more victory would make U of L bowl eligible for its sixth straight bowl game.  Current projections include the Independence, Military, Quick Lane and Sun bowls.

5. It's Senior Day, so the game has to be a sell-out, right? One has to think so, but it's another early start and those have proven to be detrimental to home attendance across the nation.  With that said, winning always help and the added excitement generated by a current three-game winning streak will give a boost and push the stadium to near capacity on Saturday.


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