The Miami Hurricanes will be looking for payback tonight in a crucial ACC opener when the Louisville Cardinals host Miami at 8 PM ET on ESPN. Miami (8-5 record last year) was bested by Louisville (12-1) and star Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater 31-9 in last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl as +5 point underdogs. Miami head coach Al Golden will be fielding his best team in his 3-year tenure at UM and will be meeting a Louisville team that lost key cogs to their defense. Can Miami pull off the upset with a true freshman piloting their high-powered offense? Our Expert College Football Picks sharps broke down the sides. Miami vs Louisville Betting Odds has Miami +155 Moneyline underdogs (Bet $100 to win $155) at SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
When Louisville has the ball: Louisville should be able to pound the ball on the ground with an experienced offensive line paving the way for bulldozing 233 Lb. running back Dominique Brown (5.1 yards per. 8 TD LST. YR.). Brown will be met in the hole by projected NFL 1st rounder in 243 Lb. MLB Denzel Perryman (4.65 40-speed 450 Lb. bench-press) but his supporting cast is suspect against the run. Sophomore QB Will Gardner (6’5” 226 Lb.) has lit up his own defense on the practice field but has thrown only 12 collegiate passes. Without his top target WR Devante Parker (Projected NFL 1st round) Garner could find trouble finding open receivers against a fast Miami secondary. Advantage Louisville. Miami Hurricanes vs Louisville Cardinals Betting Odds Total is at 54.0 points
When Miami Has the ball: Miami should be able to run the pigskin behind their physical O-line with Heisman Trophy candidate 200 Lb. RB Duke Johnson (4.30 40-speed). Louisville’s LB’s are green and could experience growing pains transitioning to a 3-4 defense. Strong-armed 4-star freshman QB Brad Kayaa (6’2” 214 Lb.) will be making his college debut against the Cardinals. Kayaa is short on playing time but should find a fleet of speedsters (WR Phillip Dorsett 4.30 40-speed WR Stacey Coley 4.30) open against the Cardinal secondary. Louisville’s strong D-line will challenge a Miami O-line longer on potential than experience. Advantage Miami.
X-Factors: The Cardinals will have a healthy home-field edge at night in primetime, putting Canes QB Brad Kayaa in a tough spot for his first college start. The Canes have the edge on special teams with gamebreakers in the return game. Coaching is a wash with offensive genius Bobby Petrino facing a proven winner in Miami’s Al Golden. Even
Expert College Football Predictions Bottom Line: Both teams are breaking in new QB’s but Miami’s ability to contain the passing game will be the difference. Al Golden has his most talented team in a three year stint at the U and new Hurricane QB Kayaa will be better than anticipated. Both teams will give up chunks of yards but Miami covers the spread in a shootout.
Expert College Football Predictions Play: Miami +3.5 spread @ SPORTS BETTING ONLINE