Check out our free Cardinals vs Wildcats pick and preview for NCAAF week 13 game in Lexington. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this week’s NCAAF matchup.
Cardinals vs Wildcats Pick & Preview: NCAAF Week 13 Betting Odds
Kickoff for this matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats is set for 3:00 PM ET. The game will be played in Lexington, KY at Kroger Field with SECN carrying television coverage. In a non-conference showdown, the Wildcats are 3 point favorites at home. The over-under point total is currently set at 43.5.
Cardinals vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAF
- Teams: Louisville Cardinals at Kentucky Wildcats
- Where: Lexington at Kroger Field
- Date: Saturday, November 26th
- Betting Odds:
- UK -3, LOU +129 | UK -158 O/U 43.5
The Cardinals take on the Kentucky Wildcats with a Atlantic Coast record of 4-4 while going 7-4 overall.
In their last matchup, Louisville knocked off NC State by a score of 25-10. The Cardinals went into the game as -4.0 point favorites, leading to an ATS win. With their 35 combined points, the two teams remained below the over-under line of 43.5. In the loss, the team’s defense gave up a total of 291 yards, with 77 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 66th in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, Louisville is ranked 54th in passing yards allowed and is coming off a game in which they gave up 214 yards through the air.
A matchup to keep an eye on in this game is if the Louisville offense will continue to rack up explosive plays against a Louisville defense that ranks well in several advanced analytics. Currently, the Wildcats are 25th in defensive EPA. On the other side, Cardinals heads into action averaging 28.45 points per game. One matchup to watch in this game, is if Louisville can generate some success in the run game. So far, the team is averaging 196.55 rush yards per game and have a matchup vs a Kentucky defense that is vulnerable up front. Heading into the game, the Cardinals will be looking to turn things around in the passing game, as their per game average of 217.73 yards places them 115th in the NCAA. So far, they are the 147th ranked team in attempts per contest (28.91).
As the Wildcats travel to take on the Louisville Cardinals, they have an overall record of 6-5. This includes going 3-5 in SEC action.
In their previous game, the Wildcats lost by a score of 16-6 to Georgia. However, they were able to cover the spread as 22.5 point underdogs. With their 22 combined points, the two teams remained below the over-under line of 47.5. In the win, the team’s defense gave up a total of 363 yards, with 247 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 90th in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, Kentucky is ranked 25th in passing yards allowed and is coming off a game in which they gave up 116 yards through the air.
Heading into this week’s action, Kentucky has a tough matchup against a Louisville defense performing well in many advanced statistics, including EPA in which they are 17th in college football. On paper, moving the ball could be tough for Kentucky as they are generating explosive plays at a below average rate. One matchup to watch in this game, is if Kentucky can generate some success in the run game. So far, the team is averaging 116.82 rush yards per game and have a matchup vs a Louisville defense that is vulnerable up front. Heading into the game, the Wildcats will be looking to turn things around in the passing game, as their per game average of 218.64 yards places them 110th in the NCAA. So far, they are the 171st ranked team in attempts per contest (26.64).
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NCAFF Game
In terms of betting, the Cardinals have an ATS record of 7-4-0. Their current over-under record sits at 4-7-0. Across their 5 previous road games, Louisville has an ATS mark of 2-3-0. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-3-0 while averaging 22.0 points per game.
In terms of betting, the Wildcats have an ATS record of 7-4-0. Their current over-under record sits at 1-10-0. In their last 5 games at home, the Wildcats have a straight up record of 2-3-0 while going 2-3-0 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 19.8 points per game in these contests.
Cardinals vs Wildcats Pick
Free Spread Prediction: Louisville Cardinals 3
Free Spread Prediction: Under 43.5
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