Free NCAA Football Prediction: Cardinals vs. Rebels Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
(0-0) Louisville Cardinals vs. Ole Miss Rebels (0-0)
Date: Monday, September 6th, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Cardinals +10, Rebels -10
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Cardinals +290 |Rebels -360
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 75.5
The Ole Miss Rebels open up their season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as they take on the Louisville Cardinals.
I expect to see quite a bit of offense in this game. The high total of 75.5 does not surprise me given the offensive power of both squads.
The Rebels started off as a touchdown favorite, but have since been bet up to a 10 point favorite at most books.
The Cardinals look to improve on a 2020 season where they finished 4-7 overall and 3-7 in conference. They will have no easy task in week 1 going against Ole Miss.
Quarterback Malik Cunningham will be leading the offense this year. He will look to be more consistent than what he was a year ago where he threw 12 interceptions. If he can be more careful with the football, then I definitely think Louisville can stay in this game.
Although not great, the defense for this team was much improved a year ago. One of their more impressive performances was holding Notre Dame to only 12 points. The defensive backs will certainly be tested on Monday as they take on a very explosive Ole Miss offense.
A big key to this game for the Cardinals will be to generate a consistent pass rush on the Rebels QB. If they fail to do so, I can see Ole Miss completely torching their defense.
Ole Miss Rebels
A year ago, the Rebels went 5-5. They will look to be more consistent in year 2 under coach Lane Kiffin.
Matt Corral is back as the Rebels quarterback. He was very good last year as he threw for 29 touchdowns and over 3300 yards. He comes into this season with high expectations.
This team had no trouble scoring points last year. They averaged closed to 40 points per game which was near the top off all college football. They return quite a few starters on the offense.
For as good as the offense was, the defense was a different story. Their defense routinely allowed a lot of points which explains why the Rebels were in so many shootouts. If they can improve on that end of the ball, they have a chance to be a very good team.
According to what I have read, folks tend to think that the defense will be better in 2021. The unit sure will get tested when going against a good offensive team in Louisville.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Louisville is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games.
- Louisville is is 3-6 SU in their last 9 games played in September.
- Louisville is 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing as the underdog.
- Ole Miss is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
- Ole Miss is 13-4 SU in their last 17 games as a favorite.
- The Under is 7-4 in the Rebels last 11 games vs. a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
I like the total to go under 75.5 points on Monday.
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick: Under 75.5 Points
I expect there to be plenty of offense in this contest, but I am not sold on there being 76 or more points scored. I see Ole Miss winning a close game with the total falling in the high 60’s. I feel that the defense for both teams will be good enough so that the total does not go over.
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