CFB Gaming Previews

By Jeff Frank, Sports Analyst
2014 Regular Season Record: 3-2; Percentage: 60%

Monday, September 1, 2014

MIAMI-FL (0-0) AT LOUISVILLE (0-0), 8:00 PM (ET)

JUST THE FACTS

  • Stadium - Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Capacity - (55,000)
  • Surface - FieldTurf
  • Series Record - Miami-Fl (9-2-1)
  • Series Streak - Louisville has won the last two meetings
  • Last Meeting - December 28, 2013 (Louisville, 36-9, in Russell Athletic Bowl)
  • Television - ESPN

    TRENDS, HISTORY AND HINTS

  • Miami-Fl - 1-7 ATS L8
  • Miami-Fl - 1-3 ATS L4 on road
  • Miami-Fl - 0-2 ATS L2 as underdogs
  • Miami-Fl - 4-1 to the over L5
  • Louisville - 3-6 ATS L9
  • Louisville - 0-4 ATS L4 at home
  • Louisville - 3-6 ATS L9 as favorites
  • Louisville - 3-0 ATS L3 meetings
  • Louisville - 9-3 to the under L12

    WHO'S HURTIN

    Miami-Fl - QBs Kevin Olsen (disciplinary) and Ryan Williams (knee), WR Rashawn Scott (shoulder) and CB Rayshawn Jenkins (back) are out.

    Louisville - WR DeVante Parker (foot) and S Jermaine Reve (knee) are out. RB Michael Dyer (leg) is questionable.

    GAME ANALYSIS

    It is not often two teams meet in a bowl game and then play the first week of the next season, but now it's happened twice in three days. First, USC played Fresno State on Saturday and in last year's Las Vegas Bowl. Now Miami-Fl takes on Louisville. The Hurricanes were blasted, 36-9, in the Russell Athletic Bowl getting outgained by 380 yards in the process.

    They come into this contest with issues at quarterback as true freshman Brad Kaaya will be under center. The rest of the offense is fine, especially since Duke Johnson is healthy compared to the bowl matchup with Louisville. Defense is another issue as just eight of last year's top 17 tacklers are back.

    As for the Cardinals, their offense will not miss a beat despite the loss of Teddy Bridgewater. Will Gardner is more than capable of leading a Bobby Petrino offense. However, as is the case with the 'Canes, Louisville's defense is a shell of its former self. Six of the top eight tacklers have departed and the move to a 3-4 might take some time to make a meaningful impact.

    This one would have all the makings of a high-scoring affair if Miami's quarterback could be trusted. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The best way to attack this game is to go with the better team, one which is 12-2 in its last 14 home games.

    SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take Louisville minus 3.5 points.



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