NCAA Football: Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 3:30 pm on ESPN 2 (Hard Rock Stadium)
Lines and Odds: Miami -7 Over/Under: 49.5
The Louisville Cardinals will head down to Hard Rock Stadium to take on the Miami Hurricanes in a Saturday inter-division ACC clash. This match-up is the first meeting between the two teams since the 2014 season, in which Louisville won 31-13.
Both Louisville and Miami can clinch bowl eligibility. However, that is only determined by the team that can pull off the victory on Saturday.
Louisville Defeats Virginia, Climbs To 3rd In ACC Atlantic Following Victory Against Virginia
In spite of being 4.5 point underdogs, the Cardinals pulled off a 28-21 victory at home against Virginia. Louisville QB Micale Cunningham completed 6 of 10 of his passes for 126 yards and a touchdown while running back Javian Hawkins had 28 carries for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. Overall, Louisville has won 3 out of the last 4 games and are in a position to win another game against Miami and clinch bowl eligibility.
Offensively, Hawkins and receiver Tutu Awell have been the frontrunners putting points on the board. Atwell has recorded 668 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, and Hawkins has recorded 887 yards and 6 touchdowns, including rushing for more than 100 yards in 3 of the last 4 games.
Defensively, Louisville put the pressure on Virginia to hold them to 21 points. Overall though, the Cardinals defense ranks 106th against the pass and 85th against the run. Unlike Louisville, Miami is more efficient on the defensive end, so the Cardinals could run into some moments of concern in the game.
Miami Seeks Third Straight Victory
The Hurricanes defense is among the best in their division and 18th overall in the country. Miami limits its opponents to an average of 18 points. In the last two games, they have limited their opposition to a combined 22 points.
What could hurt Miami is their poor rushing offense, ranked 123rd in the FBS. The team averages only 94 rushing yards per game. DeeJay Dallas has accumulated a team-best 547 rushing yards, while Cam’Ron Harris has 337 yards. Miami’s top threat, Brevin Jordan exited last week’s game with a foot injury and is questionable. The sophomore tight end has collected 495 receiving yards. The Hurricanes offense usually doesn’t score big points, but they should have success against a poor Louisville defense.
Miami is currently 3-2 at home and when they play at home, it’s pretty tough to count them out of a victory. The defense has been tremendous in their last few wins against Pittsburgh and Florida State, both of which were road games. Miami’s defense is solid enough to neutralize Louisville and make up for their lack of rushing offense.
Louisville, on the other hand, is in big trouble in this game. Their defense nearly gives up 40 points in ACC play, and while Miami’s rushing offense is not stellar, they have the passing offense that the Cardinals can barely cover.