Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/5/13
Louisville Cardinals (10-1) at Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2)
College Football: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Nippert Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats +3.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Louisville Cardinals face off on Thursday in the Keg of Nails College Football rivalry game.
The Cincinnati Bearcats quietly are 9-2 this season and they have a chance to finish the season off in a big way knocking off their rivals Louisville in this one. Both of the Bearcats losses have been upsets losing to Illinois in week two and then to an awful South Florida team. Brendan Kay has completed 70.3 percent of his passes with 22 touchdown passes and nine interceptions and he has also run for four touchdowns. Hosey Williams is averaging 5.9 yards per carry rushing the football with four touchdowns and Ed Abernathy is averaging 3.8 yards per carry as the Bearcats have options in the running game. Shaq Washington has 74 receptions to lead UC while Anthony McClung has 61 catches and five touchdowns. Greg Blair has 78 tackles to lead the Cincinnati defense, Nick Temple has 64 tackles, and Silverberry Mouhon has 8.5 sacks. The Cincinnati offense is averaging 34.2 points and 487.3 yards per game while defensively they are allowing 18.5 points and 3-2.4 yards per game. The Bearcats are going to a bowl but they don’t need much motivation when it comes to playing Louisville.
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The Louisville Cardinals have just one loss this season but that is enough to keep them out of a BCS Bowl game this season. Louisville loss to UCF all but ruined their year as they were hoping to possibly back into the BCS Championship Game. Teddy Bridgewater has completed 71 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and three interceptions and he should be one of the top overall players taken in the NFL draft. Dominique Brown leads Louisville in rushing averaging 5.5 yards per carry with seven touchdowns and Senorise Perry is averaging 4.6 yards per carry with six touchdowns. Damian Copeland has 49 catches and four touchdowns while DeVante Parker has 37 catches and nine touchdowns and Eli Rogers has 37 catches and four touchdowns. Preston Brown leads the Louisville defense with 83 tackles and 3.5 sacks, James Burgess has 62 tackles, and Marcus Smith has 12.5 sacks. Louisville just hasn’t been the same team since taking the loss but they continue to win games.
Cincinnati is 4-1 against the spread in their last five conference games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 home games. Louisville is 1-4 against the spread following a bye week, 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games. The road team has covered the spread in seven of the last eight meetings of these two and the favorite has covered the point spread in 11 of the last 15 meetings.
Even in a rivalry game I expect plenty of offense here and I like the over with my free pick. I have a pick on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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