The Miami Florida Hurricanes will host the Louisville Cardinals in an ACC showdown Saturday afternoon from Hard Rock Stadium. The Cardinals were off last week after recording a big 28-21 home win against Virginia in week nine. The Hurricanes enter this one with confidence after securing a 27-10 road win at Florida State in their latest action. This clash is the first meeting since the 2014 season in a game Louisville won 31-13.
Louisville Defeats Virginia, Climbs to 3rd in ACC Atlantic
The Louisville Cardinals can clinch bowl eligibility with a victory in this one. Louisville is playing well, winning three out of their last four games which include a 28-21 home victory over Virginia in a matchup that had the Cardinals labeled as 4.5 point dogs. They have been running the ball a ton and their QB’s Micale Cunningham and Evan Conley aren't posting big numbers as a result. Cunningham has seen more action recently and he has tallied 1009 passing yards with an 8:2 TD to INT ratio accompanied with over 300 rushing yards, while Conely has 473 passing yards.
The Cardinals are having success on the ground led by the talented Javian Hawkins. The freshman back has rushed for over 100 yards in three out of his last four games, and he is up to 887 rushing yards with sophomore Hassan Hall coming in behind him with 316 rushing yards.
Tutu Atwell is the Cardinals' top receiver. The sophomore is consistently producing, and he has accrued 668 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. The Cardinals offense was able to solve a good Virginia defense in their latest game, and they are up against another outstanding defense in this one.
The Louisville defense is coming off their best performance in ACC play after holding the Cavaliers to 21 points. Overall their defense has been an area of concern. They rank 106th against the pass and 85th against the run. The Cardinals are scoring an average of 32.8 points, placing them 48th in the FBS. They are conceding an average of 31.9 points, pegging them down at 99th overall. Louisville owns a 2-1 road record.
Miami Florida's Defense Shines in Second Straight Win
The Miami Florida Hurricanes have momentum on their side. They open ACC play with two losses but have lifted their ACC record to 3-3 on the season thanks to a two-game winning streak. Miami resumed their outstanding defensive play in a 27-10 road win against Florida State last week. Jarren Williams is coming off a season-high 313 passing yards. The freshman QB hasn’t started every game this season, but he will start considering his stellar effort last week. Williams has a ton of talent, and he is steadily improving. Williams has tallied 1449 passing yards with a 10:3 TD to INT ratio on the season.
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The Hurricanes have a poor rushing offense that is down at 120th in the FBS. DeeJay Dallas has accrued a team-best 547 rushing yards, while Cam’Ron Harris has 337 yards. Miami’s top threat in the air Brevin Jordan exited last week’s game with a foot injury and is questionable. The sophomore tight end has collected 495 receiving yards. Miami has four receivers with over 300 yards. The Hurricanes offense usually doesn’t score big points, although they should have success against a poor Louisville defense.
The Miami defense is among the best in the ACC. They have limited their opposition to only a combined 22 points in their last two games. The Hurricanes are currently averaging 26.8 points, ranking them 81st overall. They are limiting opponents to an average of 18.3 points, good for 18th in the country. Miami is 3-2 at home. Miami can secure bowl eligibility with a win in this game.
The Louisville Cardinals are:
- 2-9 ATS in their last 11 conference games.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 November games.
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are as follows: The Miami Florida Hurricanes are:
- 11-4 ATS in their last 15 November games.
- 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games after recording more than 280 passing yards in their previous game.