Louisville Football: 2 ESPN Writers Give Their Bold Predictions For LSU Game

BY Fansided and Derek Snyder/FanSided via Big Red Louie • December 16, 2016

We take a look at two predictions from Andrea Adelson and David Ching about Louisville football’s chances in the Citrus Bowl.

In a little over two weeks, the Louisville football team will be heading down to Orlando to take on the LSU Tigers in the 2016 Citrus Bowl. This will be a match-up of two teams with great rushing attacks, but also a game between two top defenses.

Something will have to give in this game on December 31st.

I can tell you right now that I am not too confident in the Cards’ ability to win this game, but I do trust in Bobby Petrino’s ability to get his football team prepared with about a month off from playing.

However, this is what Andrea Adelson and David Ching predicted would happen in the Citrus Bowl, according to their article from ESPN (which you can find in this link).

“Adelson’s bold prediction: LSU has given up only seven rushing touchdowns all season long, but the Cards will have multiple scores on the ground behind Jackson, eager for another big bowl performance to match the one he had a year against Texas A&M.

Ching’s bold prediction: It would not be a huge shock if this game turns into a shootout much like LSU-A&M. Louisville’s offense is one of the nation’s best, and it won’t be a disgrace if LSU’s defense gives up more points than Tigers fans are accustomed to seeing against Aranda’s bunch. That said, the Cardinals have also surrendered 25 points or more in three of the past five games. LSU’s also gonna put a bunch of points on the board, which should make this one of the more entertaining matchups of bowl season.”

Those are two interesting takes on the game, but I don’t think this game will get into a scoring match.

LSU has one of the least effective passing attacks in the country, therefore the only way they can put up a ton of points is if Louisville can’t tackle Leonard Fournette. With that being said, I guess it’s always a possibility given the Cards’ poor tackling on most weeks.

Where I believe the Cards’ problems will come against LSU is on the offensive line. As usual, the Cardinals will be going up against a strong front seven that will dictate the football game.

If Jackson doesn’t have time to throw or even think for that matter, then Louisville doesn’t have a shot in this game.

The Citrus Bowl will be won and lost in the trenches. Let’s see which school will be ready to go once the ball is kicked off on December 31st.

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