Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville
The University of Louisville Interim athletic director Vince Tyra has chosen sides in the Battle for the Governor’s Cup. While speaking to media on Tuesday, Tyra was asked about his time as a University of Kentucky basketball player during the 1980’s. He made clear his position:
“I think people are clear on my loyalty to UofL. I’m a UofL fan,” Tyra said. “I want to go down there and kick their ass.”
By “their”, he was referring to his alma mater, the University of Kentucky football team. The same team that beat the then #11 ranked Cardinals last season at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
This year, Louisville returns everyone’s favorite fumbling quarterback, Lamar Jackson. Jackson is putting up crazy, Madden-like statistics, but frankly has no real dynamic weapons around him. Additionally, Louisville’s defense is trash. They allowed 45 points to an average Boston College team and 42 points to a mediocre Wake Forest team. As a whole, the Cardinals allow 147.2 rushing yards per game and 244 passing yards per game, for a total of 391.2 total yards allowed per game.
The run-pass option that Stephen Johnson brings will give Louisville’s porous defense fits. The loss of C.J. Conrad hurts, but the Wildcats have plenty of options with “Juice” Johnson, Charles Walker, Blake Bone, Tavin Richardson, Lynn Bowden and the rest of the wide receivers. The key will be if Greg Hart and Justin Rigg are healthy enough to run routes and/or pass block for Johnson.
The one area I have no concern is running the ball. Benny Snell is a “once in a lifetime” kind of back. He has put up back to back 1,000 yard season for the first time in Kentucky football history. He shares the lead for touchdowns in the SEC and will likely have a big day against the Dirty Birds.
Mr. Tyra can want to kick our butts all he wants. However, my grandfather had a saying that rings true to this situation: “He can put what he wants in one hand and crap in the other and see which one fills up!” My prediction for Saturday is a Wildcat win and a sad day for Mr. Tyra.
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