Louisville vs Georgia Belk Bowl Preview

Posted on Dec 30 2014 - 1:11pm by Jeffery Thompson

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No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs (9-3, 6-2 SEC) vs. No. 20 Louisville (9-3, 5-3 ACC), 6:30 p.m. EST Tuesday (ESPN)

Line: Georgia -7 1/2, O/U 56.5

Series: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

For Georgia, win against Louisville could land the Bulldogs in the top 10 in the final AP college football rankings. A win for Louisville would cap a very strong season for coach Bobby Petrino, who returned to coach the Cardinals in their first season in the ACC.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia rushing attack vs. Louisville run defense: The Bulldogs will be without Todd Gurley, but they still rank seventh in the nation averaging 6.1 yards a carry behind Nick Chubb. They’ll face a stout Louisville defense that allows just 2.9 yards a carry, which is fourth best in the nation.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia: Chubb has run for 1,057 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games since taking over for Gurley. That’s 151 yards rushing per game since becoming the starter.

Louisville: WR DeVante Parker missed the first 6 games and has since caught 35 passes 735 yards and five touchdowns in just 5 games. That’s 147 receiving yards per game since returning from a broken bone in his foot.

Notable

Common opponents: Clemson and Kentucky. Georgia won both games easily, while Louisville lost in Death Valley and narrowly escaped Kentucky at home.

Defensive back Gerod Holliman, the Jim Thorpe Award winner, has proved to be a ball hawk for the Cardinals with 14 interceptions. And when he gets the ball in his hands, look out — he is averaging 17.5 yards per interception return with 1 touchdown.

Georgia will be without offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. He left to become the head man at Colorado State. Tight ends coach John Lilly will serve as offensive coordinator.

Bonnafon or Bolin? Both QB’s are likely to see playing time, according to coach Bobby Petrino.

Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, who led the team in sacks during the regular season, had shoulder surgery and will not play in the bowl game.

No Dyer straits: Louisville will be without RB Michael Dyer who was ruled academically ineligible. Get ready to see plenty of Brandon Radcliff, who has emerged as the future starter at the running back position.

The disdain Georgia fans still have for Bobby Petrino is still very real to those that are also fans of the Atlanta Falcons. Coincidentally and more importantly, Georgia will be facing its former, and current Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Grantham was deemed a failure by the Georgia fan base, and he likely left for Louisville before he was fired. Still bet that doesn’t sit well with him, and he will have his defense as fiery as he is, thirsting for revenge. He didn’t come to Louisville alone, either. He brought with him Josh Harvey-Clemons, and Shaq Wiggins. Two highly regarded defensive backs who are sitting out due to transfer rules. They are likely the only two who could’ve covered DeVante Parker.

Prediction: Louisville 27 Georgia 24

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