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Louisville Cardinals vs. Houston Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/16/13

Houston Cougars (7-2) at Louisville Cardinals (8-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Papa John's Cardinal Stadium)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The 7-2 Houston Cougars head to 20th ranked Louisville this weekend for a showdown with conference title implications Saturday at 7:00 PM on ESPNU.

Houston fell about 12 yards shy of remaining undefeated this past weekend as John O’Korn’s late incomplete pass allowed for UCF to hang on and take sole possession of first place in the conference.  After falling behind 19-7 in the third quarter, the Cougars rallied and cut it to five behind a John O’Korn TD to Wayne Beadle.  O’Korn finished the game with 231 yards, 1 TD and 2 picks -- a modest performance compared to his gaudy numbers in recent weeks.  Farrow and O’Korn combined for 113 yards on the ground as well and O’Korn found the end zone in the first half.  Houston racked up 72 yards in penalties for the game and added 2 turnovers as well.  Despite the loss, the Cougars remain very much in the hunt with a chance to all but eliminate Louisville from conference title contention this weekend.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Houston Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/16/13

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Louisville moved to 8-1 this past weekend as they coasted to an easy 31-10 victory over Connecticut on the road.  The Cardinals built a 28-3 lead early in the third quarter and were never challenged in this one.  Louisville limited UConn to just 237 total yards and forced 5 Connecticut turnovers on the night.  Additionally, the Cardinals held UConn to just 10 points -- right on their season average for points per game yielded -- a stat that ranks first in all of college football.  If there was one negative to work on, the aggressive Louisville defense largely contributed to a whopping 101 penalty yards.  With the win, Louisville remains in the hunt for the conference title and are avid fans of UCF’s opponents week in and week out moving forward.

These two teams are both capable of putting up big numbers and while Houston has not seen a D as solid as Louisville’s, the Cougars are more than capable for putting up points and this is their last chance for a solid win and an opportunity to stay in the conference hunt.  I like Louisville to pull this one out late but the Cougars to stay within the 7-10 point range and get the cover behind the potency of their passing attack.

Houston +16.5

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