Louisville Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds
With five straight wins to start the season Louisville goes in search of victory No. 6 when it stops by Heinz Field to take on 2-3 Pitt Saturday morning (11 am ET, ESPN).
The Cardinals, who have lost the last four games in this series, were early field-goal favorites over the Panthers.
Betting Line: Fans backing the Panthers here saw them open at 5Dimes as 1.5-point underdogs in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)
Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 10-rated Panthers and the No. 32-rated Cardinals in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 37-29 win for the Cardinals on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 78-ranked offense (26 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 28 at 18.6 PPG. The Panthers passing attack has averaged 303.2 yards per game, more than the Cardinals give up through the air (203.2 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 73-rated road run defense, allowing 176 yards per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, ranks No. 42 in rushing offense at home.
Last time out for Louisville, they were a 21-17 winner as they battled Southern Miss on the road. Louisville failed to cover in the match as a 11-point favorite, while 38 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Senorise Perry ran through the Southern Miss defense for 118 yards in Louisville's last game, handing the Golden Eagles a 21-17 setback on Saturday at MM Roberts Stadium.
Pittsburgh was a 14-13 loser in its last match on the road against Syracuse. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 27 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. In their last game, Pittsburgh's aerial attack generated 319 yards but it was the Orange coming away with a 14-13 victory over Pittsburgh at Carrier Dome.
Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 6-4
Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 5-5
A few Cardinals at Panthers trends to consider:
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisville's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Louisville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisville's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Louisville
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Louisville
Pittsburgh is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Louisville home to South Florida, Saturday, October 20
Pittsburgh at Buffalo, Saturday, October 20