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How To Bet On Kentucky Louisville – Big East Favorites Open At Home Versus In-State Rivals

Posted by Blake Frazier on 8/30/2012 7:14:52 PM

Charlie Strong led football teams that exceeded expectations in each of his first two seasons as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals. All that has done is raise expectations. The Cardinals are the consensus sports betting pick to win the Big East in 2012, and Strong has embraced those expectations. This will be the most talented roster that Strong will have coached in his three years with the program, and both the players and fans have embraced the positive energy that comes with it. First on the schedule is a meeting with the in-state rival Kentucky Wildcats this Sunday, a matchup that illustrates just how far the Cardinals’ program has come.

Kentucky Wildcats @ #25 Louisville Cardinals
Sunday September 2, 2012 – 3:30 PM ET
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Louisville Kentucky
College Football Betting Line: Louisville – 13

The Wildcats lead the all-time series between these two with a 14-10 record, but it was Louisville that came out on top a year ago to break a four-year losing skid. This time it will be the Cardinals listed as favorites, a role reversal that has them favored by more than a touchdown to make it two years in a row.

College Football Betting Preview: Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky was one of the worst team’s in the nation moving the ball through the air a year ago, and there is not much room for optimism in that department heading in to this season. Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith didn’t do much to stand out in eight games, and doesn’t have many quality options to help improve this season beyond wide receiver La’Rod King. The Wildcats are also expected to struggle on the defensive side of the ball where serious turnover has left them with one of the youngest units in the Big East.

College Football Betting Preview: Louisville Cardinals

Last year’s Big East Rookie of the Year award winner Teddy Bridgewater will be back under center for Louisville in 2012, with the added benefit of another year of experience. Who emerges as his top receiver is somewhat of an unknown after last year’s top target Michaelee Harris tore his ACL, but there is plenty of talent there to work with, and Bridewater will once again be protected by a stellar offensive line led by center Mario Benavides. All-Big East safety Hakeem Smith will anchor the defense once again, and with nose tackle Brandon Dunn and linebacker Preston Brown both back in the fold, the Cardinals will be fine on that side of the ball.

College Football Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Cardinals have accepted their role as online sportsbook favorites in the Big East this season, and will look to establish the tone from the opening game against their in-state rivals. Kentucky has too many holes on both sides of the ball to keep this game close beyond the third quarter, and it’s only a matter of time before Bridgewater and the offense break things wide open.

College Football Betting Pick: Louisville Cardinals

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