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Louisville big chalk vs Ohio Bobcats

This is a sneaky good matchup between perennial MAC power Ohio and a Louisville team receiving plenty of hype this offseason.

Ohio opened last season by winning at Penn State, but the Bobcats are much bigger underdogs (+21) against the Cardinals.

Heisman candidate Teddy Bridgewater leads a Louisville offense that averaged 31.2 points per game last season. Ten starters return on the Cardinals’ defense.

Ohio’s offense is led by senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who led the Bobcats to an impressive 45-14 rout of Louisiana-Monroe in the Independence Bowl last season. The Cardinals are just 7-14 against the spread at home under coach Charlie Strong.

View Ohio vs Louisville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors going with the Cardinals in this game found them listed as 16-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada earlier in the week. The total was 58 earlier in the week at SportBet (which was offering a big 50% bonus special this week).

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Ohio Bobcats Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the conference are 9-1

Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few Bobcats at Cardinals trends to consider:
Ohio is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games
Ohio is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Ohio is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Ohio is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Louisville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Louisville is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisville's last 6 games
Louisville is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Ohio home to North Texas, Saturday, September 7
Louisville home to Eastern Kentucky, Saturday, September 7