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
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.
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.