College Football Preview: Ohio vs. (9)Louisville
7 Replies | 655 ViewsOn 08/24/2013 08:34 PM in NCAA Football
The college football season kicks off a week before the National Football League (NFL) and that means the first official Sunday of the football season belongs to college football. This year it is the Ohio Bobcats and the Louisville Cardinals who will take center stage on a rare college football Sunday night.
Ohio vs. Louisville Odds: The Cardinals are ranked in the top ten in the college football rankings and because of this they have been established as big favorites over the Ohio Bobcats. The Cardinals opened up as three touchdown chalk in this game and the line has only wavered slightly. At last look the line can be found at Louisville (-20) at several well established online sportsbooks.
Louisville will be the team to watch as they return quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who will be an automatic Heisman candidate. This signal caller was always under pressure but seldom made a crucial turnover. Bridgewater is the ultimate leader on and off the field for this team and he will also have the luxury of playing on a team that has a very god defense with plenty of returning starters.
This defense returns ten starters back from a unit that allowed 340 yards per game and under 24 points over that same time span. That is exactly what is needed if this team has high aspirations of making some noise in the top of the college football rankings.
The Ohio Bobcats should not be taken lightly. They started the season a year ago with a perfect record through the first seven games and have a very explosive offense. That offense is led by Beau Blankenship who powers a hard to stop running game and Tyler Tettleton who could light up any secondary as a top notch quarterback.
Ohio head coach Frank Solich suffered too many injuries a season ago that derailed this team and therefore he has had a more easy going approach this season during camp.
Louisville runs a very physical camp under head coach Charlie Strong and that will get this team ready for battle early in the season. The college football betting trends indicate that the Cardinals have reasons to be concerned when starting the season off at home against an inferior opponent.
The Cardinals are 7-15 against the spread (ATS) in their last 22 home games and 2-5 ATS in the last seven games that they have played on turf. Luckily for the Cardinals the Bobcats have some ugly trends as well.
The Bobcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games; 1-7 ATS in the last eight games on turf and 2-7 ATS in the last nine games overall.
Until Sunday is dominated by the NFL, college football will be more than happy to provide some entertainment.