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Could the Louisville Cardinals crash the BCS Championship Game? It’s rather unlikely with the Cards at No. 10 in the standings but if they win out it’s not an impossibility. First things first: winning the Big East title. And UL can’t afford a loss to Temple on Saturday. The Cards are 15-point favorites on Vegassportsbetting.com.
Louisville (8-0, 3-0) has won its past two games by a total of five points. Last Friday, it won 34-31 in overtime against Cincinnati. Cincinnati got the ball first in OT but Terrell Floyd intercepted Munchie Legaux’s floater in the end zone and the Cardinals drove 12 yards to set up Wallace’s kick.
After Bearcats coach Butch Jones botched the ice-the-kicker timeout (the high snap went through the holder’s hands), Louisville’s John Wallace drilled the game winner from 30 yards out in OT. QB Teddy Bridgewater overcame a slow start and completed 24 of 41 passes for 416 yards and the pair of TD strikes to DeVante Parker, who had four catches for 120 yards.
Junior RB Senorise Perry is Louisville’s top back with 624 yards and 11 touchdowns on 120 carries. Junior WR Damian Copeland has 28 receptions for 358 yards and a touchdown. Bridgewater, this week’s Big East Offensive Player of the Week, is 162-of-229 for 2,110 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Temple (3-4, 2-2) was blown out 47-17 last week at Pittsburgh. Montel Harris ran for 72 yards and a touchdown for the Owls, but Temple simply couldn’t keep pace during a first half in which the Panthers built a 24-point lead.
Harris is the Owls’ top rusher with 463 yards and four touchdowns on 106 carries. Sophomore Jalen Fitzpatrick is the top receiver with 22 catches for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Junior QB Chris Coyer is 77-of-140 for 870 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 354 yards and two TDs
Louisville is the first ranked team the Owls will face on the road this season and the first Top 10 team Temple has played since the 2009 season. TU has two upsets of ranked teams in its history, but never a Top 10 club. Saturday’s game will mark the sixth meeting between the Owls and Cardinals (and first in Big East play) in a series that began in 1980. Temple holds a 3-2 series advantage.
Vegas trends: Owls are 2-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Owls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. Owls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game. Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
Cardinals are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. Cardinals are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.