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The Cardinal Connect Staff Predictions: Louisville vs. North Carolina

Robert Florio

 Nick Coffey: Louisville 49 – North Carolina 24

California’s win over North Carolina last week didn’t get much attention nationally, but it was actually one of the more surprising power five outcomes in week one. Cal is picked to finish second to last in the PAC 12. UNC lost 92% of their offense from a year ago and won’t have the horses to keep up with Louisville on Saturday. The Cards will get back the 14-points they left on the field last week in Indianapolis and I believe Lamar Jackson will once again utilize the weapons he has at wide receiver. North Carolina will be able to put up a few scores against Louisville with Jaire Alexander out, but in the end, the Cards will cruise pretty comfortably.

Gabe Duverge: Louisville 42 – North Carolina 24

After a lackluster performance last week, I think the Cards get things back on track. At first I leaned towards a lower total for UofL, but Lamar Jackson’s Super Saiyan tweet alone means we’re getting 3+ TD’s from him. Expect more from the running game and more targets for the emerging Dez Fitzpatrick. The Cardinal D makes a few big plays and continues to pick up the slack for a missing Jaire Alexander.

Jacob Lane: Louisville 52 – North Carolina 24

Will the running backs get more touches? Will the offensive line get the false starts under control? Will Trumaine Washington get picked on down the field again? Can the offense stop fumbling? Will Andre Smith & his fellow linebackers stop Lamar? Will Louisville be too focused on a show down with #3 Clemson at PJCS and overlook the Tar Heels?

There are a lot of questions heading into tomorrow’s game but I fully expect for a rebound performance after a hard fought victory against Purdue last weekend with Lamar again leading the way. Lamar throws for 350+ yards, Reggie Bonnafon has his first career 100 yard game, the offensive line goes to two straight games with no sacks, Puma Pass throws his first career touchdown and the defense scores another touchdown.

Andy Knabel: Louisville 49 – North Carolina 21

Louisville scraped by last week with a performance that wasn’t their best. This week’s match-up won’t have been one circled on the calendar in the off-season, but it’s one that could be a trap should the Cards look ahead to Clemson. A step up in performance against a step up in opposition should yield a similar scoreline, but a far more confidence-inspiring result to take forward.

J.D. Coffey: Louisville 48 – North Carolina 12

Imagine Louisville losing to Purdue. On a slightly different scale, that’s what happened to the Tar Heels last week when they went down to Cal while they were 12 point favorites. Lamar pads his stats, the defense puts points on the board, and the Cards roll 48-12 while the Louisville backfield struggles continue.
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