(5-6, 5-6 ATS)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
(4-6, 2-8 ATS)
Kick off your day after Thanksgiving bash by taking in a fantastic college football betting battle in the Big East, as the Louisville Cardinals duke it out with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
This is the last chance for the Cardinals to make it to a bowl game this year, and we believe that HC Charlie Strong and company really deserve it. The Redbirds have made it here thanks to their defense, which is averaging allowing just 302.4 yards and 19.2 points per game. This unit has already posted two shutouts this season, but only one team has scored more than 24 against them this year. QB Adam Froman is dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out of the lineup since the end of October, but he is expected to be back in the lineup again this weekend. Froman has thrown for 1,633 yards and 11 TDs on the campaign. There might not be a receiver that has even reached the 400 yard plateau this year, but one thing that there certainly is on this squad is one heck of a running back. RB Bilal Powell is one of the best backs in the game, as he has 1,207 yards and nine TDs this year. He can’t do it himself though, and he needs Froman or another member of the offense to really step up to get the job done against the Scarlet Knights.
This is a bowl elimination game for the Scarlet Knights as well, as they need to win both of their last two NCAA football betting battles to survive deeper into the month of December. The good news for Rutgers is that the offense just had its best game of the season, a 38 point outburst on the Cincinnati Bearcats. The bad news is that it just had its most dreadful defense showing in years, allowing 69 points in a terrible defeat. There really hasn’t been a quarterback show up for HC Greg Schiano this year, as he has tried both QB Tom Savage and QB Chas Dodd. It will probably be Dodd that gets the nod this week, as he is the team’s leader in passing yards (1,321) and touchdowns (9). WR Mark Harrison has been the offensive hero, as he has caught 35 passes for 681 yards and eight TDs. There hasn’t been much of a running game either, as RBs Jeremy Deering, Joe Martinek, and Jordan Thomas just haven’t gotten the job done. In fact, the leading rusher is actually a wide receiver, as Mohamed Sanu has 309 yards and four TDs mostly out of the Wildcat formation.
The Scarlet Knights have had enough this year. They’re the odd team out that deserves to be voted off of the bowl island. Louisville should really get the job done in this one and lock down a bowl game in Strong’s first season in charge.
College Football Free Pick: Louisville Cardinals -3