Louisville vs Purdue Game info, Prediction, Online Preview. Watch Purdue vs Louisville College Football week 1 game online. Welcome to the first look and picks for the opening week games of the 2017 college football season. These quick thoughts are being done in early June, with the real Fearless Prediction and expanded breakdown coming in August.
Louisville vs Purdue Game Info.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time:7:30 pm ET
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
The Louisville Cardinals and Purdue Boilermakers meet Saturday in college football action at Lucas Oil Stadium on FOX.
The Louisville Cardinals were the surprise team last season, as they won nine games and produced the Heisman winner in quarterback Lamar Jackson. Well, Jackson is back after a season in which he produced 51 touchdowns and put the Cards on his back often. Because of Jackson, Louisville is capable of winning any given game regardless of the circumstances. The bad news for Louisville is that three offensive linemen are gone as well as its leading rusher and top-three receivers. Jackson may have to do a lot of the heavy lifting again, which he’s capable of, until new faces begin to step up. Defensively, Stacy Thomas returns after 85 tackles last season, James Hearns had eight sacks and Jaire Alexander had five interceptions. Louisville was 31st in the country last year, allowing 23.8 points per game. The Louisville Cardinals have won six of their last nine non-home games.
Early June First Thought: What’s Going To Happen?
The two basketball schools have some amazing offensive coaches. Be grouchy if this is anything less than a terrific shootout – even if it’s one-sided.
After a bit of a power outage late last season, Louisville needs to fire up the machine in a hurry with North Carolina and Clemson coming up next. The true tune-up games come later, but after losing the final three games of the 2016 campaign, all that matters now is getting off to a big start.
Purdue gets the big, national TV stage in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for its new head coach.
Jeff Brohm isn’t expected to make Purdue as offensively amazing as Western Kentucky was last year – at least not right away – but he has enough pieces in place to start bombing away from the start. But does he have the linebackers who can keep Lamar Jackson from tearing off big run after big run?
The linebackers are going to be the strength of the Boilermaker defense, but that doesn’t mean the D will be good enough to slow down an angry Louisville offense that should come out roaring.
On the other side, the Cardinal secondary should be good enough to shut down – or, at least, keep in check – the Purdue receiving corps, while the pass rush should camp out behind the line.
This is all about the Jackson show, and while he won’t disappoint, Purdue will have its positive moments.
Louisville vs Purdue Prediction
Purdue vs Louisville College Football week 1 game prediction.
Louisville 52, Purdue 20
Early June Line