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Louisville’s defense should stop quarantining Miami Hurricanes touchdown scorers

Can the Cardinals cover a chair? Perhaps a small pet while napping?

Jaylan Knighton of the Miami Hurricanes runs for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium on September 19, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The #18 Louisville Cardinals entered tonight’s game with the #17 Miami Hurricanes barely behind in the AP Poll, but as a 2.5-point favorite from oddsmakers.

But if that ranking was for the defense only, it might struggle to be #180,000 as the Cards fell 47-34 to the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

We present as evidence the highlights below, where Miami skill position players while holding an oblong piece of leather known as a “football” are abandoned by the 11 people in red uniforms. Those red players mostly receive cost of attendance scholarships to attend an Atlantic Coast Conference school based on their ability to stop people with the implement. It is fair to say they struggled this evening.

Miami’s Cam’Ron Harris is a very good running back. He will play on Sunday for sure. But this looks like a warmup drill in practice.

And then the ‘Canes decided to throw the ball.

Miami’s new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is well-respected, and transfer quarterback D’Eriq King certainly looks like the Heisman candidate he was projected to be. But these are batting practice fastballs they’re facing from UL defensively. Where are the people that are supposed to, you know, stop this from happening??

Louisville went 8-5 last year, and 5-3 in the ACC. It’s likely they’ll struggle to get back there unless they figure out how to stop an unbalanced line. Or maybe they start with a plastic bag blowing in a light breeze. Yikes.