UofL vs. Murray State Games Notes

Games Notes, 6:00 Game Time

-Game will be broadcast on ESPNU (Rob Stone, Danny Kannell, Allison Williams)

-Sirius Channel 92

-Charlie Strong actually hired Murray State head Coach to be QB coach before Murray job was offered to him.

-UofL is 9-4 in home openers since opening PJCS

-Louisville was 7-4 vs. unranked opponents in 2010.

-Louisville is 29-17-10 all-time vs. members of the OVC.

-Since 1998 UofL is 32-17 in the month of September

-In 2010 Louisville Out Scored their opponents 164-79 in the 2nd quarter.

-Louisville returns just 4 starters on offense, including all 5 on the offensive line (due to Benavides injury)

-Will Stein will be the 5th different QB to start an opener the past 5 years for UofL.

-In the last 8 seasons the Cardinals have scored 302 points in openers (34.8).

-Murray State was 6-5 in 2010, 5-3 in the OVC.

-Murray played one FBS school in 2010, losing to Kent State 41-10.

Tale of the Tape

2010 Stats

Points Per Game: UofL-26.4 Murray-36.1

Points Allowed Per Game: UofL-19.4 Murray-30.4

Rushing: UofL-175.0 Murray 136.2

Rushing Allowed: UofL-144.3 Murray 190.6

Passing: UofL-194.0 Murray 313.5

Passing Allowed: UofL-167.4 Murray 208

Sacks: UofL-39 Murray 20

Sacks Allowed: UofL-17 Murray 16

Series History

This marks the 18th meeting between Murray St. and Louisville. Louisville has a 11-6 series advantage including the last 3 games, the most recent contest in 2007 the Cards prevailed 73-10. Murray State last defeated the Cardinals in 1984.

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U of L Releases 2011-12 Hoops Schedule

On the eve of Louisville’s first football game, we receive a little basketball news to wet our palates. The latest version of the hoops schedule includes 17 nationally-televised contests, and what is arguably the toughest schedule under coach Rick Pitino. Four out of conference games are against teams in the CBS Sports preseason top 25 poll made shortly after last season – @ Butler, @ UK, Vanderbilt, Memphis. Butler is unlikely to start out in the top 10 as guard Shelvin Mack unexpectedly made the jump to the NBA, but they will still be a very difficult opponent in Hinkle Fieldhouse. As always, the BIG EAST schedule is a grind, playing Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and DePaul twice. Other highlights include a Dec. 23rd matchup against Western Kentucky and an exhibition against Scotty Davenport’s Bellarmine Knights.


Dumervil Set for Return


Former Louisville great Elvis Dumervil is ready to return to the field after missing all of 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle. Last year, the Broncos made Dumervil one of the highest paid players in the league, offering a 6 year $61.5 million contract. One month later, he tore his pectoral muscle. Dumervil is ready to return after leading the league in sacks in 2009, and is excited to be under defensive minded coach John Fox.


I’ll Take Some of that Action, Mr. Forde

Murray State just might pass their way to a victory over the University of Louisville Cardinals Football team tomorrow. Sure, they could get every bit of that 313.5 Receiving Yards that they averaged last season. But, if they do, they’ll be doing it without three of their top four receivers from last season. Harris, Daniels and Ard accounted for 222.9 of those 313.5 yards (that’s over 71%). The other 90 yards is stretched out over about a dozen players with only one (Brackett) averaging over 35 YPG last season.

No, I think I’ll wait until this bunch of receivers prove themselves before I expect them to rack up 300+ yards in the air, even against the inexperienced cornerbacks on the UofL defense. I also expect Brockman to be under a little more pressure back there than he was in his final 6 games last season. Don’t sell the rest of this UofL defense short. They will be bringing it just about every play.

If I had to speculate on what aspect of the game will be the difference maker, I’d have to go with the rushing numbers. The Racers gave up over 190 yards per game on the ground last season and I look for that number to be even higher tomorrow. I expect a huge disparity between ground yards in this game, with UofL having somewhere between 100 and 150 more yards on the ground than Murray. The air battle will be close, but UofL will win the battle on the ground easily and with that the game.  So, if Pat is giving points, then I’m giving odds.  I’ll give 3 to 1 for a single point, Pat.