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BOZICH | Five Final Louisville Football Predictions (starting QB included)

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Louisville begins its 2015 football season Saturday against Auburn. Louisville begins its 2015 football season Saturday against Auburn.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The wait is over. Let the games begin.

Eric Crawford and John Lewis are in Atlanta for Louisville’s season-opener against Auburn at 3:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome. Tom Lane and I will be at the renovated Commonwealth Stadium for Kentucky’s first game with Louisiana Lafayette at 7 p.m.

But there’s still time for 5 Final Louisville Predictions

1. Reggie Bonnafon Starts at Quarterback.

I’ve audibled here. Several times.

Bonnafon. Will Gardner. Bonnafon. Gardner. Bonnafon.

No more. Reggie will be the guy against the Tigers. Feel free to credit me at the start of the broadcast, Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson. (Kidding, guys.)

He’s been the best quarterback in practice. He has the most complete skill set. He’s the guy most likely to make something out of nothing. And he’s the guy with the best chance to survive if the offensive line breaks down.

I think Gardner will get some snaps. But Bonnafon will be the guy who has to deliver if Louisville, still a 10 ½-point underdog, expects to pull the upset.

He’ll have to improve his completion percentage, which was less than 51 percent last season. With a full year in Bobby Petrino’s system, that should happen, if he gets enough time to throw.

2. DeVonte Fields Will Be Everywhere.

If you want my pick as the Cards’ best player during fall camp, it was Fields, the former Big 12 defensive player of the year who transferred from TCU and a Texas junior college.

Many days he’s been nearly unblockable, a persistent force against the run and the pass. He’s a superb hybrid player, who can rush the quarterback and run with receivers. He’s a difference-maker. He wears number 92. Look for him.

3. Ja’Quay Savage Will Make At Least 5 Catches.

Fields, Savage (Texas A&M) and the two transfers from Georgia (Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins) will be immediate impact players.

Savage is not DeVante Parker. It’s unreasonable to compare any U of L receiver to Parker, the first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins.

But he’s got solid hands and he nearly celebrates initiating contact with tacklers. He’ll break tackles and make plays. At 6 feet 3 and 214, Savage is a full-sized receiver. He wears 19.

4. James Burgess and Keith Kelsey Will Be Disruptive.

Linebacker remains a strength of this team. Burgess and Kelsey are smart, determined, relentless and talented. They have played in many big games. They give defensive coordinator Todd Grantham plenty of options to create trouble for the Auburn offense.

5. And The Winner Is …

Auburn 27, Louisville 17.

I still have too many concerns about the U of L offensive line. Too much inexperience. Too much uncertainty. That’s not a good look against a defense that is typically strong and athletic across the front like Auburn.

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