The Louisville football team has a great opportunity to shock the college football world on Saturday night against Alabama. The Crimson Tide are the reigning National Champions and looking to make it back to the big dance again in the 2018-2019 season. However, if the Cardinals can somehow pull-off the stunning victory this weekend, they’ll change the college football landscape for the rest of the year.
With that said, take a look at these three bold predictions for the Cards match-up with the Crimson Tide on Saturday:
3. Dez Fitzpatrick will be the game’s leading receiver
It’s one thing to call out the opposing team’s secondary a few weeks before the game, but it’s another thing entirely when the player talking is a legit threat on the field. After a successful 2017 season for the Cardinals, you better believe Dez Fitzpatrick is looking to make the Crimson Tide secondary look silly on Saturday night.
If Louisville’s offensive-line can give Jawon Pass enough time to let Dez Fitzpatrick work through his numerous route-trees on Saturday night, the kid from Farmington Hills, Michigan is going to open some eyes on a national stage. Needless to say, I cannot wait.
2. Alabama WON’T cover the spread against Louisville
Look, I get it, the Cardinals are going to have a really tough time emerging victorious over the Crimson Tide this weekend. Heck, some may even say that it would take a miracle for such a thing to happen. While I do believe that Alabama will ultimately beat Louisville on Saturday night, I don’t think they’ll win by 3.5 touchdowns.
Nick Saban’s squad may come out of the gate fast, but the Cardinals will add enough points towards the end of the game to keep the final score under a 25-point difference. Needless to say, if that happens, I’ll be fairly pleased and you should too.
1. Alabama RB Damien Harris will be the game’s MVP
Nothing against the Cardinals, but I don’t have much faith in their ability to compete in the trenches on Saturday night against the Crimson Tide. Head coach, Bobby Petrino, has done a great job of recruiting more guys to solidify their offensive and defensive lines, but Louisville is about to face the best team in the country on opening weekend. I could be wrong, but the due to the strength of the opponent and timing of this game on the schedule, Alabama is going to have room to run the football all night long – insert Richmond, KY native, Damien Harris.
Harris elected to return to Bama for his Senior year after rushing for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017. Unfortunately for the Cards, he’ll be the game’s Most Valuable Player when the final buzzer sounds.
Other than Clemson, Alabama is the best team in the nation up-front. If they can push around the defensive lines in the SEC, they can most-definitely impose their will against a average-at-best Louisville defensive-line coming into 2018.
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.