ESPN Thursday Night College Football Odds: Louisville vs. Rutgers Print
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Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:30
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Louisville vs. Rutgers Odds

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (The Spread) – The battle for the Big East takes place on Thursday night as Rutgers hosts Louisville at 7:30PM ET on ESPN.

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Rutgers is 9-2 overall, 5-1 in the Big East and 4-1 at home. Louisville is 9-2 overall, 4-2 in the Big East and 3-1 on the road. Rutgers is 7-4 against the spread this season while Louisville is 4-7 ATS. Louisville has won and covered the spread in its last two games against Rutgers.

Trends show that the favorite has covered the spread in the last 5 games in this series while the home team has covered in 5 of the last 7 games in this series. These two teams have combined to hit the over in 5 of their last 6 meetings.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Rutgers is a slight favorite at home, as the Scarlet Knights have odds of -3 points against Louisville. The over/under total has been set at 43.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Rutgers favored by 2.5 points. The spread hasn’t changed much, simply moving up to Rutgers -3.

Rutgers is coming off a 27-6 loss at Pittsburgh last week. The Knights have now lost two of their last four games after starting the season 7-0. Rutgers is averaging just 22.9 points per game this season on offense while the defense is holding opponents to just 13.7 points per game, which ranks fourth in the nation. Rutgers is being led by quarterback Gary Nova, who has thrown for 2,282 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Louisville is coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to Connecticut. The Cardinals have lost two straight entering this game. Louisville is averaging 32 points per game on offense while the defense is giving up 24.5 points per contest. The team is being led this year by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has thrown for 3,189 yards and 23 touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Rutgers offensive lineman Andre Civil is questionable with an ankle injury while kicker Kyle Federico is doubtful with a hip injury. Louisville receiver Scott Radcliff is questionable with an undisclosed injury while running back Senorise Perry will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are getting 62% of the wagers with odds of -3 points at home against Louisville.

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