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Next year, the Louisville Cardinals will be joining up with the Miami Hurricanes in the ACC for what should be a tough league when all is said and done. This year though, they get to go at it in the Russell Athletic Bowl in what will be quarterback Teddy Bridgewaters' final college football game. The Hurricanes and Cardinals had strong years, and they both did so in large part thanks to some strong offensive play. Both teams came up short of their goal for a BCS Bowl, but it helps us fans out because we get an incredible bowl match-up before New Years.
The Hurricanes finished up the year at 9-3 overall, but their three straight losses to Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Duke are what sent them out of the top 25, and also out of any serious contention for the ACC Title this year. Stephen Morris had a solid year as the Hurricanes' quarterback, but made some key mistakes, just like the entire team did at different points this year.
The Louisville Cardinals on the other hand were 11-1, and early on were one of the most talked about college football teams out there. Their one single loss came to surprising team in the Central Florida Knights, who finished at 8-0 in conference play, and held off Louisville for the top spot in the American. Louisville is led by none other than Teddy Bridgewater, but they also have a defense that has been huge this year.
I really think that the Louisville defense could be the difference maker in this game. They have been absolutely great, even though it hasn't been against the best competition. Their defense allows just 12.4 points per game, and the offense helps out with 35.1 points per game. Obviously going against a Miami team who scores 35.9 points per game will be tough, but if Louisville can force turnovers then they can win this game.
All-in-all, I'm a believer in what Louisville has done this year, and I think their defense, and Bridgewater will step up when it matters most here. Bridgewater will go out on a win, and the Cardinals are currently favored by -3 on most sportsbooks. I like the line and think they'll win this by a couple of touchdowns or so when all is said and done. Anytime I can play the moneyline when the line is 3 or less I will take that instead of getting backdoored by a point or two. I'm going to take Bridgewater and the strong Cardinals' defense to get the win, and to send Bridgewater to the NFL with a nice bowl victory under his belt. Louisville should win this game going away and once again this looks like another fantastic play. Will update as we get closer to game.
LOUISVILLE PK (moneyline)
LOUISVILLE / MIAMI FL OVER 57 POINTS (Opinion)
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