In one of the two Big East NCAA football betting affairs on Friday night, the Louisville Cardinals will play host to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
This is the best season that Head Coach Greg Schiano and company have had in quite some time. Rutgers is on the verge of the Top 25, and a win on national television will likely get the job done. The schedule has just been very underwhelming though, to say the least. The only games that have come against teams that we know are probably bowling this year were the narrow escape from the Navy Midshipmen and the loss at the North Carolina Tar Heels. That being said, this team has a real chance of getting to the BCS still via the Big East championship, something that the Scarlet Knights never were able to pull off in the late-2000s when they were at their peak. This is the second to last conference road game of the season, and the West Virginia Mountaineers, South Florida Bulls, and Cincinnati Bearcats all still have to pay visits to Piscataway. Though this offense has been shaky, the defense has averaged allowing just 16.0 points per game, No. 12 in the country. There hasn’t been a team this year that has scored more than 26 on this unit.
Head Coach Charlie Strong just got a contract extension for the next seven years, but the team really hasn’t played up to the level that we would have expected for a team that really took some major steps in the right direction last year. Strong has really helped this defense out dramatically. Just like Rutgers, there hasn’t been a team all season long that has truly figured this unit out. The Cards are allowing just 17.7 points per game, and no one has scored more than 25 on this unit. Still, just like the Scarlet Knights, Louisville still has to think that it at least has a shot of winning the Big East at this point. Three of its next four games are at home, and the last two duels of the year at the Connecticut Huskies and South Florida Bulls are both winnable. That being said, this offense has to really start to pick it up at some point. Getting both RB Victor Anderson and WR DeVante Parker back in the lineup would help as well, as both sat out last week’s loss at the Cincinnati Bearcats. Both are considered questionable for this game.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ Louisville Cardinals Pick: If Florida International can come into Papa John’s Stadium and win in primetime, so can the Scarlet Knights. Don’t expect this to be the prettiest game on the docket, as there are definitely going to be games with more points scored. However, when the dust settles, look for the visitors to have pulled off an ugly victory.
College Football Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +2 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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