Louisville Cardinals vs. Memphis Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/23/13
Memphis Tigers (3-6) at Louisville Cardinals (9-1)
College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Papa John's Cardinal Stadium)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The 3-6 Memphis Tigers battle the 21st ranked, 9-1 Louisville Cardinals face-off this Saturday at noon in AAC action.
Memphis was finally able to put a complete game together this past weekend as the Tigers went on the road and used a late scoring outburst to get past USF 23-10. Memphis’s stout defense from earlier this season was in full effect in this one as both teams exchanged just field goals prior to the fourth quarter. With just over 4 minutes remaining in the game and Memphis up 6-3, Brandon Hayes scampered for a 5 yard run. Two drives later, Bobby McCain took a Mike White pick 36 yards for the score and the 20-3 lead. Memphis was able to overcome a lethargic day on offense that saw them rack up just 242 total yards and only 59 yards through the air. Hayes had 78 yards on the ground to go along with his TD. Memphis was able to make the most of their four interceptions and quality field position to get the win -- something they have failed to capitalize on multiple times in past games this season.
Louisville reverted to the ground and pound in a contest where a lot of points were expected this past weekend as they rushed past Houston 20-13 at home. The Cardinals were led by tailback Dominique Brown who rushed for 137 yards and 2 TD’s on 27 carries. Teddy Bridgewater was pretty well contained all day and turned in his most pedestrian performance of the season throwing for just over 200 yards and no touchdowns/interceptions. Louisville’s defense did thier part as well, holding John O’Korn and the explosive Houston passing attack to just 121 yards through the air. The Cardinals controlled a 16 minute advantage in time of possession and limited Houston to just 195 total yards -- a season low for the Cougars. With the win, Louisville remains in the hunt for the conference title but will need UCF to fall to have any shot.
Teddy Bridgewater was quiet last week and let his defense and running backs prove that the Cardinals have multiple ways to beat teams. I expect the Tigers to draw up a similar game plan for the Cardinals this week and look for the Louisville offense to proceed with heavy doses of Brown and Senorise Perry. I like the Cardinals to win this one easy but think the Tigers get by with the cover in what should once again be a surprisingly low scoring affair.