Louisville visits rival Kentucky on Saturday

Cardinal Authority answers five questions on Saturday's Battle for the Governor's Cup.

1. Is it possible that Bobby Petrino could utilize quarterback Kyle Bolin and Lamar Jackson together more so against Kentucky than he has in the past? The Louisville offense has essentially rolled with the strengths of whoever was behind center, but there have been a few moments where multiple quarterbacks have been on the field together - especially when including Reggie Bonnafon in the equation - and it has proven to be a successful concept.  Does the return of 'OR' on the depth chart indicate the move to incorporate more similar sets? Not neccessarily, but I do believe it indicates that the Cardinals head coach is ready to go with whoever has the hot hand, or feet.

2. What has happened to the Louisville secondary? Known for making big plays, where it ranks among the nation's best in interceptions, the Cardinals secondary hasn't been able to muster much the past weeks, allowing Virginia and Pittsburgh to throw for a combined eight touchdowns. Despite the struggles in recent weeks, it remains a confident group and one that is capable of making a game-changing play at any moment.  However, the group needs to tighten up on its tackling and limit big plays.

3. Will the Cardinals running game get going again or have we seen the end of it? Following back-to-back 100-yard outings by Brandon Radcliff, the U of L ground game was pushed to the sideline last weekend as the offense was forced to resort to the air in an attempt to overcome a 35-point second quarter by Pittsburgh. Kentucky, which ranks No. 89 nationally against the run, may slow the Cardinals ground attack early, but it does get back on track on and plays a key factor in the margin of victory at Commonwealth Stadium.

4. What type of impact could the outcome of this game have with in-state recruiting? In-state rivalry games always impact recruiting, as it helps set the tone for which program is the dominant program in the the state.  Bobby Petrino has always recruited well in the Bluegrass, with a strong emphasis on the Louisville Metro area.  The Cardinals currently have a trio of Derby City commitments and has a pledge from Leslie County offensive lineman Blake Asher as a preferred walk-on.  Kentucky currently has five commitments from the Bluegrass State, none from the Louisville area.  The result of Saturday's game is unlikely to change any of the current commitments, but will continue to impact the decisions of those in upcoming classes.

5. Who will be the MVP in the latest Battle for the Governor's Cup? I'll give you two.  Offensively, this is a game that sets up well for Lamar Jackson to gain positive yardage with his legs. The freshman throws and runs for scores on Saturday to earn offensive honors.  Defensively, the Cardinals defensive front will cause problems for the Kentucky offensive line, allowing a strong rush from the edge where Devonte Fields will enjoy frequent success.


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