Russell Athletic Bowl Odds

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ORLANDO, FL (The Spread) – No. 18 Louisville looks to close its season with a in on Saturday in the Russell Athletic Bowl, when the Cardinals face Miami at 6:45PM ET on ESPN.

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Louisville is 11-1 this season, 5-7 against the spread, and the Cardinals hit the under 9 times. Miami went 9-3 on the year, 5-7 against the spread and the Hurricanes hit the over 7 times. Miami has won two of the last three against Louisville, but the Cardinals have covered in all three meetings.

Trends show that Miami is 1-4 against the spread in its last 5 bowl games and 1-5 ATS in its last 6 at a neutral site. Louisville is 12-2 against the spread in its last 14 games against ACC opponents.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Louisville is favored in this bowl game, as the Cardinals have odds of -3.5 points against Miami. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 58 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Louisville favored by 3. The spread held there most of the way before going to 3.5. The over/under total opened at 55.5 points and gradually worked its way to 58.

Louisville closed the regular season with a 31-24 overtime win at Cincinnati. The Cardinals won their last five games to finish 7-1 in the AAC. Louisville averaged 35.1 points and 453.1 yards per game on offense to lead the team, while the defense held opponents to just 12.4 points per game, which ranked third in the nation. Teddy Bridgewater led Louisville this season with 3,523 passing yards and 28 touchdowns, while Dominique Brown added 783 rushing yards and eight scores.

Miami is coming off a 41-31 win at Pitt to end the season. The Hurricanes won their last two games to finish 5-3 in the ACC this season. Miami averaged 35.9 points and 446.8 yards per game on offense, while the defense allowed just 26 points per game. Stephen Morris has thrown for 2,868 yards and 21 touchdowns this season to lead the team, while Duke Johnson has added 920 rushing yards with six touchdowns. Allen Hurns also added 60 receptions for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Louisville receive Kai De La Cruiz (groin) and running back Michael Dyer (groin) are both questionable. Miami defensive back Ladarius Gunter (neck) and linebacker Alex Figueroa (shoulder) are also questionable.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Louisville, as the Cardinals are getting 68% of the wagers with odds of -3.5 points against Miami on Saturday.

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