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Louisville favored by -26.5 against Connecticut on Friday

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Nothing has gone right for the UConn Huskies this season; they lost their season opener to Towson of FCS, blew a chance at pulling a big upset against Michigan, fired their head coach and given up 103 points in their last two games.

They've also done their financial backers no favors, going 1-6 ATS.

Now the Huskies will try to avoid getting embarrassed on national TV Friday night against 7-1 Louisville and Teddy Bridgewater.

In the early betting UConn was getting 28 points from the Cardinals.

Last November, though, the Huskies went down to Louisville and pulled a 23-20 overtime upset as 10-point dogs.

They bring a 0-7 record (1-6 ATS) to the Week 11 battle against the 7-1 Cardinals, who are 4-4 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Connecticut go 5-2 so far and the Cardinals go 2-6.

View Louisville Cardinals vs Connecticut Huskies Odds and Stats.

Fans backing the Huskies here saw them open at TopBet as 26.5-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.)

This game matches up the No. 100 (Huskies) and the No. 9 (Cardinals) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 50-6 result in favor of the Cardinals is predicted by handicapping models.

In their last action, Louisville was a 34-3 winner on the road against South Florida. They covered the 21-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (37) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Teddy Bridgewater throttled the Bulls defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 344 yards as Louisville handed South Florida a 34-3 defeat. Connecticut was hammered in its last outing, as Central Florida ran up a 62-17 score against them at Bright House Networks Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Connecticut's No. 118-ranked offense, averaging 16.43 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 2 this week at 10.62 PPG. The Huskies aerial game is averaging 217 yards per game, more than the Cardinals secondary allows through the air, 164 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Cardinals feature the league's No. 5-rated road run defense, allowing 82.67 yards per game. Connecticut, meanwhile, ranks No. 116 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cardinals at Huskies trends to consider:
Louisville is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Louisville's last 8 games
Louisville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Connecticut is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Connecticut is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Connecticut's last 8 games
Connecticut is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Louisville at Houston, Saturday, November 16th
Connecticut at Southern Methodist, Saturday, November 16th