(The Spread) – Rutgers will look to stay hot when it travels to Louisville tonight at 8:00PM ET.
RUTGERS: The Scarlet Knights have won four-straight games and are now 5-1 on the 2011 season. They’re atop the Big East standings, tied with Cincinnati and West Virginia, who are also 5-1. Rutgers has been outstanding against the spread this year, covering in five of its first six games. The only non-cover the Knights had was against Navy last week in a 21-20 victory. Mohamed Sanu leads the team in touchdowns (5) and receiving yards (555).
LOUISVILLE: The Cardinals’ 25-16 loss at Cincinnati last Saturday dropped their record to 2-4 on the year and 3-3 against the spread. If Louisville has any chance to get back into the Big East race, it has to win tonight at home. DeVante Parker leads the team with three touchdowns while Dominique Brown has rushed for a team-high 211 yards and Teddy Bridgewater has thrown for 709 yards.
ODDS: Despite their record, oddsmakers have made Louisville a 2-point favorite over Rutgers, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 40 points. It’ll be interesting to see how the line moves closer to kickoff because as of right now, the majority of the public is on Rutgers.
FREE PICK: Take Louisville. According to latest college football trends, the favorite is 4-0 against the spread in the last four meetings between these two teams and the Cardinals are 4-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record in their last four games. Louisville is also 4-0 ATS in its last four games following a straight up loss and 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games after accumulating less than 275 yards of total offense in their previous outing. On the other side, the Scarlet Knights are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last five contests versus a team with a losing record.
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