Louisville vs. UNC Prediction
After failing to cover as a huge favorite in its season-opener, will Louisville come through for bettors today against North Carolina?
Who: Louisville (1-0) at North Carolina (0-1)
When: 12:00PM ET, Saturday, September 9
Where: Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Current Point Spread & Over/Under Total
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cardinals are 9.5-point road favorites to knock off the Tar Heels on the road this afternoon. As for the total, the number currently sits at 63 points.
The point spread has moved significantly since the opening line was posted. Louisville hit the board as a 6-point favorite but is now up to -9.5 at most sports books. The total has also moved, jumping two full points from 61 to 63.
Public Betting: Which side are public bettors on for this Matchup?
It's all Louisville at the moment. Of the wagers currently placed on today's game, 69% of tickets are on the Cardinals minus the points.
OUR PREDICTION: Louisville disappointed plenty of bettors last Saturday night in Indianapolis when it didn't come close to covering as a massive favorite versus Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium. That doesn't mean the Cardinals aren't a good bet today, however, even though they'll once again be on the road.
This is a difficult matchup for North Carolina. The Tar Heels allowed 6.42 yards per play against California last week. Only 26 teams out of 128 FBS programs performed worse on a per-play basis in Week 1. Here's the kicker: The Golden Bears were even breaking in a new quarterback and UNC allowed that to happen. What are the Tar Heels going to do against Jackson?
According to the Charlotte Observer, Jackson faced six defenses last season that allowed an average of six yards per play, as UNC did last week. In those six situations, he averaged 322.8 yards passing and 130.5 yards rushing in those games. Good luck, Tar Heels.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 2 PREDICTION: LOUISVILLE CARDINALS -9.5