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Russell Athletic Bowl betting - Miami Hurricanes vs. Louisville Cardinals

Miami Hurricanes Louisville Cardinals
9-3 December 28, 2013, 06:45 | Florida Citrus Bowl 11-1

After falling just short of the inaugural AAC conference title Louisville will take on Miami on December 28 in the Russell Athletic Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

ACC schools are 9-1 SU in the past 10 Russell Athletic Bowls, while the UNDER is 7-1 past 8 editions of this game.

Miami is 1-4 ATS in bowl games since 2007, while the OVER is 6-1 past seven Louisville bowl games.

Superstar QB Teddy Bridgewater looks to cement his status as consensus top pick in the draft but he faces a battle-hardened Miami defense that could be the best he has faced all season.

The Cardinals currently sport a record of 11-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-7 ATS. The Hurricanes are 9-3 and 5-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cardinals post a 3-9 over under record this season, while the Hurricanes have gone 7-5 against the number.

View Miami Hurricanes vs Louisville Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Russell Athletic Bowl odds: Louisville opened as 3-point favorites at Bovada while the total was hovering at 57 earlier at BetOnline.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 7-rated Cardinals and the No. 61-rated Hurricanes in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 36-34 win for the Cardinals on Saturday.

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Miami was a 41-31 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Pittsburgh. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (72) made winners of OVER bettors. Allen Hurns was good for 173 receiving yards in the Hurricanes's most recent action, helping his team to a 41-31 victory over the Panthers. Last time out, Cincinnati could not slow down DeVante Parker, who managed 104 receiving yards in the Cardinals 31-24 victory over the Bearcats Thursday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Louisville's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 35.08 PPG, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 58 this week at 26 PPG. The Cardinals aerial game is averaging 302.92 yards per game, more than the Hurricanes secondary allows through the air, 233.42 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Hurricanes own the league's No. 82-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 194.8 yards per game when on the road. Louisville, on the other hand, rates No. 95 this week in generating rushing yards at home.