1.) Louisville may actually allow more yards rushing than passing against Ohio
Alright, this sounds kind of silly, considering trends in the way the game is evolving and how Louisville’s big weakness last year defensively was giving up too much yardage in a bend-but-don’t-break kind of play style, but don’t underestimate the amount of focus the coaching staff placed on that this offseason.
You can bet the Cards will come into the game aware of the pedigree of Ohio’s star running back Beau Blankenship, but his 1,604 yards (5.1 YPC) and 15 TDs are entirely what made Ohio the 27th best rushing offense last season. What this means for us is that we can’t focus too much on trying to stop one of the most talented ball carriers in the country – one who many teams have struggled to slow down in the past – and allow other weapons in the Ohio offense to roam free.
There aren’t too many threats in the passing game as QB Tyler Tettleton is talented, but his 62.1% completion rate in 2012 wasn’t ...