Free Week 3 Prediction: Cardinals vs Hilltoppers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-0) Louisville Cardinals vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 14th 2019
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
NCAA Football Spread: Louisville -10
NCAA Betting Total: 51.5
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Louisville will look to get their second win in a row as they take on the Western Kentucky Hiltoppers in an ACC/CUSA clash.
These two met in week 3 last season, with Louisville coming out on top by a score of 20-17.
This team has looked night and day better from a year ago when they went 2-10, including 0-8 in the ACC. One of those two wins came against Western Kentucky.
Although they ended up losing their opener to #7 ranked Notre Dame by 18, they hung around most of the game and were haunted by some costly turnovers on their opponents side of the field that prevented them from keeping the game closer.
Quarterback Juwan Pass has played some solid ball this season, averaging 3 touchdowns per game. Contrary to his last name, Pass is more of a threat with his legs than he is with is arm. Pass has completed just 52% of his passes this season but is averaging 5.2 yards per carry on the ground.
Redshirt freshman running back, Javian Hawkins has been a spark plug for this Cardinals offense. Hawkins can flat out fly, and that kind of burst has led to an 8.8 yards per carry average so far this season.
Hawkins ran for 122 yards against Notre Dame’s vaunted defensive line in week one and followed it up with another 120 plus yard performance on just 11 carries in week two against FIU.
I expect Pass and Hawkins to be too much for the WKU defense in this one. Look for the Cards to win by 2 or more scores.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The Hilltoppers got off to a rough start this season, dropping their home opener to Central Arkansas by a score of 35-28 and then struggled to get past the lowly FIU their next time out.
The leader under center for this Hilltopper offense is junior QB Steven Duncan. So far this season, Duncan has thrown twice as many interceptions (4) as he has touchdowns (2).
Duncan is going to need to need to cut down on the turnovers if they want to have a shot of keeping up with this reinvigorated Louisville offense at a neutral site.
Western Kentucky will likely try to lean on junior running back Gaej Walker in this one. Walker has accumulated 252 yards on 42 carries so far this season.
He certainly has the opportunity to have a big game in this one. In their opener, Louisville gave up a whopping 230 yards on the ground.
This WKU team is really bad, and Louisville look like their out to prove something this season. This isn’t a good time for an already fledgling team to be taking on the Cards.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 7-1 in LOU last 8 games as a favorite.
- Under is 6-1-1 in LOU last 8 neutral site games.
- LOU are 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. CUSA.
- Under is 10-1 in WKU last 11 games as an underdog.
- WKU are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games on grass.
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It seems Louisville hasn’t gotten credit for what looks like a surefire turnaround from a year ago. This WKU team is still really, really bad and I don’t believe they have any business being less than a two score dog at a neutral site.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Louisville -10
Look for Pass and Hawkins to give this WKU defense fits. 10 is too short for me here folks. Take the Cards.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Louisville 35 – Western Kentucky 13
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