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Point spread favors Wildcats in battle with Cardinals

Louisville CardinalsKentucky Wildcats
Sep 17, 7:00 PM | Grass of Commonwealth Stadium

Louisville Cardinals vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds

1-1TEAM RECORD2-0

Getting a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for the Cardinals on Saturday when they take on the Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Week 3 action.

They bring a 2-0 record (1-1 ATS) to the Week 3 battle against the 1-1 Cardinals, who are 0-2 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Kentucky go 0-2 so far and the Cardinals go 0-2.

View Louisville vs Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup the Wildcats sit as 7-point favorites . The total, meanwhile, has been pegged by the oddsmakers at 999.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wildcats rated this week at No. 102 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 21. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 28-18 result in favor of the Wildcats this week.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kentucky's #93-ranked offense (20.5 PPG) against a Cardinals defense that ranks #33 at 16.5 PPG. The Wildcats passing attack has averaged 105.5 yards per game, less than the Cardinals give up through the air (198 YPG on average).

Last time out for Louisville, they were a 24-17 loser as they battled Florida International at home. Louisville failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite, while 41 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Kentucky was a 27-13 winner in its last match at home against Central Michigan. They covered the 10–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 40 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Louisville Cardinals Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on grass are 2-8
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 8-2

A few Cardinals at Wildcats trends to consider:
Louisville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisville's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisville's last 7 games when playing Kentucky
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 5 games
Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Louisville
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky's last 7 games when playing Louisville

Next up:
Louisville home to Marshall, Saturday, October 1
Kentucky home to Florida, Saturday, September 24