THE GOOD VS INDIANA STATE: MALIK CUNNINGHAM
I’ll be honest, there weren’t too many things from Saturday’s game that will go down as successful. The Cardinals turned the football over, the weather sucked, and once again, Louisville led the game in penalties and penalty yards. However, in the midst of the rainy madness, quarterback Malik Cunningham stepped-up and led his team to their first victory of 2018.
Look, I understand it was Indiana State, but Cunningham ignited the Cardinals offense when nothing was working, leading them to 24 unanswered points in the second-half. Needless to say, finishing the night with 75 passing yards, one passing touchdown, 54 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown was pretty darn impressive.
If it weren’t for him, I’m not sure any of us would’ve slept on Saturday night.
THE BAD VS INDIANA STATE: CARDS’ RUSHING DEFENSE
If these first two games of 2018 have taught us anything about Louisville, it’s that their inability to stop the run is going to be a serious problem. The Cardinals gave up a total of 174 rushing yards on 50 carries to the Sycamores, giving us all major headaches and serious reason for concern moving forward.
Point blank, if Brian VanGorder can’t get this problem fixed ASAP, it’s going to be a really long year for the Cardinals. Heck, at this point in the year, even Kentucky could run the football down Louisville’s throat. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.
WHAT’S NEXT: WESTERN KENTUCKY
Thankfully, Louisville will get another week to refine their play against a weaker opponent, as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head to town still searching for their first win of the year. WKU took a beating at the hands of the fourth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on opening weekend, while losing a close match-up to Maine this past weekend. That said, no one is Bowling Green is happy with the Hilltoppers’ play thus far in 2018.
If the weather stays warm and dry for Saturday’s game between these two in-state programs, I fully expect the Cardinals to break out of their offensive-slump and light up the scoreboard.
Derek Snyder joined as a contributor for TheCardinalConnect.com in April of 2018. He previously covered everything Louisville Cardinals as the Site-Expert for BigRedLouie.com in 2016. Follow Derek on Twitter @dcolesny10.