Louisville Cardinals vs. Miami Hurricanes CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/1/14
Miami Hurricanes (9-4) at Louisville Cardinals (12-1)
College Football: Monday, September 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Papa John's Cardinal Stadium)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -3.5 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Hurricanes and Louisville Cardinals square off Monday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to kick off the 2014 season.
The Miami Hurricanes look to build on last year’s season with 13 starters returning from a team that won nine games. Offensively, the Hurricanes appear to be set with a running back combination of Duke Johnson and Dallas Crawford. Stacy Coley also returns at wide receiver. The Miami Hurricanes only main concern offensively is who is going to get the nod at quarterback, and that decision has yet to be decided at this time. Defensively, the Hurricanes return seven starters from a defense that was 66th in points allowed. Linebacker Denzel Perryman will once again lead the Miami Hurricanes defensively.
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The Louisville Cardinals enter the season as a question mark with no Charlie Strong at head coach and no quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. Now, Louisville has Bobby Petrino at head coach and a quarterback in Will Gardner, who has just eight career passes. Louisville still has terrific talent on both sides of the ball, especially offense with wide receiver DeVante Parker and running back Dominique Brown returning for another season. Petrino is a great offensive coach and should keep the Cardinals in good hands. Defensively, the Louisville Cardinals return five starters from a defense that was second in the country in points allowed. Louisville will look different defensively but guys such as Terell Floyd and James Burgess will help keep the Cards respectful on that side of the ball.
The Hurricanes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cardinals are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
The Cardinals have too many questions with a new QB and head coach. The Miami Hurricanes have a nearly unstoppable offense and a more physical defense.
Forget the points, take Miami to win SU and thank me later.