Rutgers vs. Louisville Odds

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LOUISVILLE, KY (The Spread) – No. 8 Louisville looks to make a statement on national television Thursday night, as it hosts Rutgers at 7:30PM ET on ESPN.

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Louisville is 5-0 on the season, 1-0 in the AAC, 3-0 at home and 3-2 against the spread. Rutgers is 4-1 overall, 1-0 in the AAC, 1-1 on the road and 2-3 against the spread. Louisville has won three straight over Rutgers.

Trends show that the favorite has covered the spread in 5 of the last 6 between these two. Louisville is also 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games against a team with a winning record. These two have hit the over in 5 of their last 7 meetings.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Louisville is the favorite at home, as the Cardinals have odds of -19 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the game has been set at 54.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Louisville favored by 16.5 points. That was the lowest the spread was, as it is now at its peak with the Cardinals as a 19-point favorite. The over/under total opened at 55 points before falling to 54. It then just added the hook to 54.5.

Louisville comes into Thursday’s game with the top scoring defense in the country, allowing just 6.8 points per game. The offense, meanwhile, ranks 12th nationally, as it is scoring 44.4 points per game. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is an early Heisman favorite, as he has thrown for 1,562 yards and 16 touchdowns. Receiver DeVante Parker has been the leading target, as he has 21 catches for 375 yards and six touchdowns.

Since losing its season opener to Fresno State, 52-51 in overtime, Rutgers has rattled off four straight wins. The Knights are averaging 40 points per game on offense, while the defense is allowing 27.6 points per game. Quarterback Gary Nova has thrown for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns while Paul James has rushed for 573 yards and six scores.

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In terms of Injuries, Rutgers offensive lineman Brandon Arcidicono (shoulder) and receiver Jeffrey Gignac (hamstring) are both doubtful for the game. Louisville has no new injuries to report.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Louisville, as the Cardinals are getting 60% of the wagers with odds of -19 points against Rutgers.

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