CRAWFORD | Monday Morning Quarterback, Week 2, GameDay on the way edition
WDRB's Eric Crawford takes his weekly run through the previous weekend's events in college football.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Having sufficiently rehydrated from a marathon football game without any kind of air conditioning or even air circulation at the top of the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, the Monday Morning Quarterback is ready for the regular Monday drill. With ESPN’s College GameDay headed to town, let’s kick it off . . .
RED 17: Number of offensive categories in which Louisville ranks in the top eight of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision rankings. The Cardinals rank No. 1 nationally in nine categories (scoring, touchdowns, rushing yards per carry, total offense, yards per play, yards per game, first downs, first downs per game and long scrimmage plays). Louisville players are in the Top 10 in at least a dozen offensive categories, including running back Brandon Radcliff leading the nation in yards per attempt (13.69) and quarterback Lamar Jackson at No. 2 in rushing touchdowns, total offense, scoring and total TDs.
RED 10: The national ranking for the Cardinals after their 2-0 start, their first time in the national Top 10 since the 2013 season.
RED 3: WKU quarterback Mike White’s national rating in passing yards per attempt, even after a tough afternoon against No. 1 Alabama, a game the Hilltoppers lost 38-10. White is averaging 11.9 yards per attempt, just ahead of Jackson at 11.2.
BLUE 3: Number of passes Kentucky completed in Saturday's 45-7 loss to Florida.
BLUE 13: Total net yards in the third quarters of two games for Kentucky this season. The Wildcats have run for negative-20 yards on 12 carries in the third quarter this season, and completed 3 of 7 passes for 33 yards. The Wildcats have run 19 offensive plays from scrimmage in the third quarter of their two losses. Their opponents have run 51.
CRIMSON 14: Number of wins for Indiana in its past 15 home games. It also has won 31 of its last 35 in Memorial Stadium after a 30-20 win over Ball State in its home opener on Saturday.
HIKE! HIKE! The hype surrounding Lamar Jackson and the Louisville football team after he posted a school- and ACC-record 610 yards running and passing in a 62-28 win at Syracuse on Saturday. The game itself, as mentioned above, will get the full College GameDay treatment from ESPN. The cheapest tickets on Stubhub this morning were in the UPS Flight Deck at $125. The most expensive were Loge seats with PNC Club access for $470 each.
FIRST AND FOREVER: With 199 yards rushing and 411 passing, Jackson became the first player in the Football Bowl Subdivision ever to rush for at least 175 and pass for 400 in a single game.
SECOND AND 10: Jackson also became just the second player ever to repeat as Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week with his performance at Syracuse (the other is Denard Robinson, Michigan quarterback, in 2010).
THIRD AND FUTILITY: Kentucky has a number of problems, but the biggest is on third down, where the Wildcats are converting 33.3 percent of the time (7 of 21). But there is a team among the local squads that is worse -- Indiana is just 28.6 percent (8 of 28) on third down. One of the worst teams nationally, Charlotte (125th nationally, 11.5 percent), Louisville already has played. A team just one notch ahead of the 49ers, Marshall (18.2 percent) the Cardinals will play in two weeks.
FOURTH AND 30: Florida’s winning streak over Kentucky turned the big 3-0 on Saturday. Six more years and it’ll be old enough to run for president.
SABAN NOT HAPPY: Alabama coach Nick Saban had nothing but nice things to say about WKU in the week leading up to its game. He had nothing nice to say to anybody after the Tide struggled through the first half before putting the Hilltoppers away. His comments:
"I don't know that I've ever been this disappointed after winning a game, maybe ever,” Saban said. “We have lots of work to do. We're going to play a lot better teams. I didn't think we practiced very well this week. I didn't think we prepared very well for this game. I don't think we respected the team we played. Like I said before, when you're arrogant, it makes you complacent. It creates a blatant disregard for doing things right. If we don't start doing things right, we're not going to have the kind of success that we're capable of. It's all my responsibility. We need to get the job done better. I'm almost embarrassed that I didn't do a better job for my team."
PHOTO BOMB: Rich Barnes, USA Today, caught the Lamar Jackson leaping moment:
PLAYOFF PICTURE: After week two, ESPN rates the playoff picture like this: 1. Alabama, 2. Florida State, 3. Ohio State and 4. Michigan. Clemson and Houston are the first two out.
LATE-NIGHT VIEWING: Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he was so focused on preparation for his own team that he didn’t realize Louisville was playing on Friday night, but he did catch some of the game. Via Warchant.com, his early comments on Louisville: “They looked awesome. I caught some of their game last night. Happened to catch a little bit of it after our meetings.”
RATINGS WAR: From the Nielsen Co., in the Louisville market only (which includes Jefferson and a number of surrounding counties), Louisville-Syracuse on Friday night on ESPNU did a 14.9 rating, 24 share. (The rating represents about 6,700 households per ratings point, the share the percentage of TVs in use at the time tuned to that program.) Kentucky-Florida did a 12.3/22. (WLKY, which traveled to Florida and did pregame and postgame shows, did a 1.7/4 on its one-hour pregame special and a 7.1/12 on its postgame). WKU and Alabama did a 2.9/5 on ESPN2. WDRB was the only station in the market to travel to both Louisville and Kentucky games last weekend. In other broadcast TV games: Troy-Clemson did a 2.3 /5 on ABC, Ohio State and Tulsa did a 2.0/4, Notre Dame and Reno did a 1.4/3.
VEGAS SAYS: Florida State opened as a 3.5-point favorite at the Wynn Casino sportsbook. Kentucky is an 18.5-point consensus favorite at Vegasinsider.com. WKU is a 15-point favorite.
GAME BALL: Sorry this edition is a bit Lamar Jackson heavy, but who else are you going to give it too, really?
THE PICKS: Louisville by 3 at home against the Seminoles; Kentucky by 21 at home over New Mexico State; WKU by 35 at Miami of Ohio.
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