Cardinals home to Bulls in NCAAF betting action
South Florida Bulls vs Louisville Cardinals Odds
South Florida visits Louisville on Saturday, hoping to send the Cardinals to a loss while also covering the spread in NCAAF action at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
The Bulls will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 1-4-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cardinals are 3-3 ATS. South Florida is 3-2 against the total, while Louisville is 3-2 versus the number.
Betting Line: The home team opened as 9-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 25 (Cardinals) and the No. 63 (Bulls) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 39-24 result in favor of the Cardinals is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Louisville's No. 39-ranked offense (33.3 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 73 at 27.5 PPG. The Cardinals passing attack has averaged 242.2 yards per game, more than the Bulls give up through the air (217.2 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Bulls own the league's No. 90-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 221 yards per game when on the road. Louisville, on the other hand, rates No. 61 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
South Florida lost its last outing, a 37-28 result against Temple on October 6. South Florida failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 65 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Bulls suffered a Week 6 loss against Temple in their last game, falling 37-28 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Louisville was a 45-35 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Pittsburgh. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (80) made winners of OVER bettors. Teddy Bridgewater throttled the Panthers defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 304 yards as Louisville handed Pittsburgh a 45-35 defeat.
South Florida Bulls Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 1-9
Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 7-3
A few Bulls at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Florida's last 5 games on the road
South Florida is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Louisville
South Florida is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
South Florida is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Louisville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
South Florida home to Syracuse, Saturday, October 27
Louisville home to Cincinnati, Friday, October 26