Virginia Cavaliers vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction 9/13/14
Louisville Cardinals (2-0) at Virginia Cavaliers (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm (Scott Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers +7 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
The Louisville Cardinals travel to Virginia to play the Cavaliers on Saturday.
The Louisville Cardinals are 2-0 after blowing out Murray State 66-21 on Saturday. The Cardinals beat Miami 31-13 at home to earn their first victory of the season. Head Coach Bobby Petrino is back for Louisville and it doesn’t seem like the Cardinals have missed a beat. The Cardinals scored on 9 straight possessions in the blowout victory and put up 603 yards of offense. QB Will Gardner completed 13 of 22 passes for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns. RB L.J. Scott carried the ball 11 times for 126 yards, while RB Brandon Radcliff carried the ball 15 times for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Cardinals defense played well, allowing only 292 total yards and getting off the field on 3rd down. Louisville has a good mix of young and experienced players on the roster and while the veterans like to pad there stats in a game like this, it was most helpful to the younger players who needed the reps. The Cardinals will not head out on the road for two games in a row. Miami has a solid team, but playing on the road against a solid Virginia team might be their biggest test early on in the season.
The Virginia Cavaliers destroyed Richmond 45-13 to win their first game of the season. Virginia played UCLA tough in the first week of the season but could not pull off the upset at home. The Cavaliers took out their frustration from the week one loss out on Richmond this past weekend. However, Virginia was outgained 422-330 in total yards against the Spiders. The Cavaliers forced 7 turnovers and held the Spiders to only 59 yards rushing. QB Greyson Lambert completed 13 of 15 passes for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. WR Darius Jennings caught 4 balls for 79 yards, while RB Kevin Parks rushed 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Cavaliers offense hasn’t looked great in the first two weeks of the season. Meanwhile, the Virginia defense looks outstanding in their first two games. The Cavaliers have forced 9 turnovers in the first two games and less than 170 yards rushing. Virginia will need to control the ball and the clock to keep the Louisville offense off the field this weekend, while the defense will have to continue their superb play.
Louisville, a team without their best WR DeVante Parker, looks like a great team so far this season. However, the Cardinals have not played on the road and will have to play a tough Virginia defense this weekend. If the Virginia offense can find some success against the Louisville defense, preferably on the ground with Kevin Parks, then they will have a good chance for the upset at home. Having said, that, the Cardinals slow down Miami, Duke Johnson, and their rushing attack in week one. Petrino and Louisville will find a way to breakdown the Cavaliers defense and I think they will win by double-digits at the end of the day.