Both teams have quarterbacks on their roster that have started multiple games. With Teddy Bridgewater clearly being the best quarterback on the field and being mentioned as a “Heisman Hopeful,” I think you obviously have to give the advantage to Louisville.
Position Advantage: Louisville
I think Maxwell Smith is the answer for Kentucky to open up the season, but he’s still slightly unproven in my opinion. He’s the best option Kentucky has at this point, but it’s like he was lighting up the score board when he saw action last season. He was just slightly better than Morgan Newton, which isn’t saying much.
If Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t get banged up at all during the game, I think it’s safe to say he’s the only quarterback that will see action for Louisville on Sunday. However, Will Stein is a solid back-up. You definitely lose some big time play making ability if Teddy misses a series or two, but Will is capable of managing the offense temporarily.
I think it’s safe to say we’ll see more than one quarterback for Kentucky on Sunday. Vance Bedford told the media after Wednesday’s practice that he expects at least three quarterbacks to see action on Sunday. Morgan Newton is second string after coming off one of the worst seasons by a quarterback in Kentucky history. I’m not sure how much we’ll see of Newton on Sunday, but to be honest, he’s better than how he played last season. He was poor for the most part, but when Kentucky has decent weapons on offense, Newton has been solid. He’s won road games at freshman at Georgia and Auburn in his career.
The Kentucky quarterback to keep an eye on is freshman Jalen Whitlow. He isn’t listed on the depth chart of Kentucky, but the dual-threat QB reportedly had a very solid fall camp and pushed Morgan Newton for the back-up spot. Don’t be surprised if he gets thrown out there for a few plays.
There really isn’t a lot to breakdown about Teddy Bridgewater. He’ll clearly be the best quarterback on the field, which is why Louisville will have the advantage.