This Thursday, Week 10 NCAA football brings us the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (7-0, 1st ACC Atlantic) playing the Louisville Cardinals (6-2, 3rd ACC Atlantic). The game will be played at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 7:30 PM ET and can be seen on ESPN TV. Let’s recap this important matchup.
Both the Seminoles who are seeking their 24th consecutive win and the Cardinals are out to win this game in Louisville on Thursday night. The early betting odds on the game have FSU the favorites at -3 ½ with no early O/U, but the Noles are -170 ML with the comeback on the Cards at +150.
In the last game for FSU they had a close game with the Norte Dame Fighting Irish in Tallahassee winning 31-27. FSU in that game did not cover their -7 point spread and the total of 58 for the game, made those that wagered the over winners.
The Cardinals last game was with the North Carolina Wolfpack whom they beat 30-18 and Louisville failed to cover on their favorite -19 and with the game total at 48, those that chose the push were winners.
The Louisville Cardinals offensive leaders to date are QB Gardner, who has completed 94 of 164 passes for 1,151 yards with 11 touchdowns with a 57.3 completion rate. RB Radcliff has 75 carries for 389 yards and touchdowns, while Receiver Quick has 30 receptions for 451 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Offensive leaders thus far in the season for the Seminoles are QB Winston, who has completed 149 of 211 passes for 1,878 yards and 13 touchdowns with a 70.6 completion rate. RB Williams has 42 carries for 378 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Receiver Green has 52 receptions for 791 yards and 4 touchdowns.
With the Louisville Cardinals who lead the nation in total defense of 245.8 yards per game and rushing defense at 68.8 yards per game, and 2nd in interceptions with 15. Thus, the Louisville defense could give FSU QB Winston his toughest test of the season.
The Seminoles are playing for the first time since their 31-27 win over Notre Dame on the 18th of October, as RB Williams scored a winning TD with 7.29 minutes left in the game, while QB Winston was 23 of 31 passes with 2 touchdowns while gaining 273 yards in the air.
The Cardinals with QB Gardner and Receiver Parker, who against the Wolfpack had 9 receptions for 132 yards, along with RB Dyer, who rushed for 173 yards in the same game, and combined they will give the Seminoles struggling defense a good test. The Cardinals have a strong winning record at home as they have won 16 of their last 18 home games, and have won 22 straight games since Coach Petrino took the helm.
If you bet on college football at an offshore sportsbook, you need to know that following this game, win or lose the season continues, and the Louisville Cardinals now 6-2 will play at Boston College 5-3 (4th ACC Atlantic) on Saturday the 8th of Nov. 2014 at the Alumni Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. Meanwhile the FSU Seminoles now 7-0 play at home against the Virginia Cavaliers now 4-4 (3rd ACC Costal), also on the 8th of Nov. at 6:30 PM at the Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida on ESPN TV.