Three Things You Need to Know about Louisville
For Alabama and Louisville, toe will meet leather as the 2018 kicks off from Orlando Saturday evening at 7 PM.
The season opening clash marks the fourth meeting between the two schools as Alabama has a 2-1 in the series over Louisville.
It will be the first time the two teams have played each other since the 1991 Fiesta Bowl when the Cardinals ran over the Crimson Tide 34-7 in the first bowl game for Alabama head coach Gene Stallings.
Coming off a national championship season in 2017, Alabama looks to carry the momentum into another championship campaign in 2018 while Louisville wants to put its name on the national map with an upset of college football's top program.
Prior to kickoff in Orlando, find out the three things you need to know about Louisville.
Experienced Offensive Line
The biggest news this week for Louisville came from a pair of offensive lineman who believe that they can win the matchup battle against the Alabama defensive line.
Fifth-year senior offensive guard Lakayus McNeil believes that they can dominate the Crimson Tide's defensive line and aren't concerned about them while sophomore offensive tackle Mekhi Becton says that the team has a chip on their shoulder, can stack up well against Alabama and will shock a lot of people.
Along the line of scrimmage, the Cardinals also bring back senior offensive guard Kenny Thomas and sophomore center Robbie Bell.
The four returning starters on the offensive line started a combined 51 games during the 2017 season.
Something to Prove for Jawon Pass
With the departure of Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson, Jawon Pass assumes the role as Louisville's probable starting quarterback.
The Carver High School alum chose Louisville over Alabama and Auburn in the spring of 2016.
Pass played six games as a redshirt freshman in 2017. He completed 23 of his 33 pass attempts for 238 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Sloppy Ball Security
While Bobby Petrino's offense has a reputation of lighting up the scoreboard, last season the Cardinals had a difficult time taking care of the football.
Louisville's offense turned it over 21 times with 11 fumbles and 10 interceptions ranking 85th nationally. In six of their 13 games last season, they committed at least two turnovers and went 2-3 when turning the ball over more than their opponents.