It’s win, and you’re in for the Louisville Cardinals.
With just one loss this season, Louisville Cardinals need to hang on against the Miami Hurricanes this weekend to earn a spot in the ACC Championship game against Florida State.
The Cardinals had a bit of a scare on Thursday night against Virginia but earned a 31-24 win. They’ll have a couple more days to prepare for their contest against the Hurricanes.
Meanwhile, Miami has lost two straight to North Carolina State and Florida State. The Hurricanes only lost by a touchdown to the Seminoles but are now 6-4 on the season.
At home, oddsmakers have Miami sitting at +1.5, with the total at 47.5. Despite Louisville’s 9-1 record, this ACC matchup could be a potential Game of the Week.
With so much at stake, can the Cardinals get by the Hurricanes on Saturday?
Below, we’ll react to the Louisville vs Miami FL betting odds for this critical ACC matchup.
Day/Time:Saturday, November 18, 12:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 a.m. PT
Location: Hard Rock Stadium
Louisville vs Miami FL Betting Odds
Although the Cardinals are 9-1 on the NCAAF season, Louisville has only covered five of those 10 games. They’re just 5-4-1 against the spread and ultimately didn’t come close to covering its last game as 20.5-point favorites.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes covered as 14-point underdogs against Florida State last weekend. They’re now 5-5 against the spread after covering. The Hurricanes have also hit the Over and Under five times each.
Miami is currently 5-1 at home, and Louisville is only 1-1 on the road. We should also point out that Miami has won the last two games against Louisville, dating back to 2019 and 2020. The Hurricanes won and covered as favorites in both of those NCAAF matchups.
However, both college football teams have had new coaches since those matchups.
Louisville Nearly Upset Last Week
Last weekend, the Louisville Cardinals had a potential ACC playoff berth on the line against a sneaky Virginia team that has improved drastically from the start of the season.
The Cardinals had been playing terrific defense but made some deplorable mistakes in the second half. Still, the Cardinals escaped 31-24 and are one win away against Miami from earning an ACC Championship Game bid.
In November, it’s not about how much you win by. You have to win games against conference opponents in weird circumstances.
Every team is banged up and injured, especially for a Thursday game. Louisville found a way in that game.
They’ll take on an excellent Miami team on the road this weekend. That will be the Cardinals’ final ACC regular season game.
After that, Louisville will play its annual rivalry game against Kentucky. But that game doesn’t count toward their ACC record because Kentucky is in the SEC.
Emory Jones’ Significant Arm Injury
The Miami Hurricanes went with Emory Jones over Tyler Van Dyke at quarterback for their game against Florida State.
While Jones struggled, he kept the Hurricanes in the game against an undefeated Florida State throughout the game.
However, with the Hurricanes needing a fourth down conversion late in the fourth quarter, Williams tried to extend the play and reached his arm for the first down marker. He made the first down but paid a costly price.
While the diagnosis isn’t out yet, he likely broke his arm. Therefore, Tyler Van Dyke will be the starter against Louisville on Saturday.
Williams’ stat line against the Seminoles wasn’t too hot. He completed eight passes on 23 attempts but finished with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Van Dyke has more experience and will probably play better than Williams did last weekend against Louisville.
Below, we’ll provide readers with Louisville vs Miami FL betting odds & picks for the game.
Defense Wins Championships
Let’s start with the Hurricanes. Miami has allowed just 201 yards passing and 89.22 yards on the ground this season. They’ve also held opponents to 20 points and have been above average in every major defensive category.
The Hurricanes won’t win a championship this year. But the defense would’ve been playing for one with a more consistent offense.
On the other hand, Louisville has held teams to 17.1 points per game this season. Teams have earned only 190.9 yards per game in the air and 91.9 yards on the ground.
The Cardinals have been just as good as the Hurricanes defensively this year. Both teams are dominant against the run. Miami is better at tackling and has a little bit better of a pass rush. However, Louisville’s got the edge in coverage.
With Van Dyke under center for the Hurricanes, Miami’s offense will show its inconsistencies again. Van Dyke was benched by a freshman because of his double-digit interceptions.
Meanwhile, Louisville’s Jack Plummer has eight interceptions of his own this season. Plummer and Van Dyke are both veteran quarterbacks that will throw turnovers at a high rate.
The ACC scores and odds suggest a low-scoring game on Saturday. When looking at the college football betting lines, we like the Under 47.5. We won’t have Louisville in our March Madness bracket predictions this year, but the football team is poised for an ACC Championship game.