Louisville will get a much needed cupcake game when the Indiana State Sycamores come to Cardinal Stadium this week. The Sycamores got a big win over a lower division team last week after not winning a game last year.
The Sycamores are excited about their new quarterback, Jalil Kirkpatrick. He has the size you want at 6-3/210 and has the ability to run the ball pretty well. That running ability has expanded the playbook and made the offense more unpredictable. However, Kirkpatrick struggled throwing the ball last week. He didn’t do a good job of finding the open guy and took off running more than you’d like against a bad defense.
The running game for the Sycamores looked very good last week as the top three rushers all averaged over six yards per carry. Ja’Quan Keys is the top back on the depth chart. He’s a big back at 220 pounds but he has the speed to get around the corner. I think we’ll see a good amount of him this weekend along with the smaller and faster Titus McCoy. The Sycamores will mix in some read option stuff at times also.
Kirkpatrick’s struggles in the passing game makes it a little hard to know how good the receivers are. They do have some good size outside and run more of a traditional system so we could see them look to push the ball down the field some off of their run game. Rontrez Morgan is the guy that stood out to me as a guy that could make a big play. He has good speed and the offense used him on some misdirection plays.
The offensive line for the Sycamores is very big, but they’re also very slow. They ran the ball outside a good amount last week but the line had a ton of trouble getting to their blocks when they had to move their feet. They held their own in pass protection, but I would expect for Louisville’s front to give them a ton of trouble off of the edge in passing plays and up the middle when they’re running.