Louisville Cardinals (7-1 SU, 4-4 ATS) vs. UConn Huskies (0-7 SU, 1-6 ATS)
College Football Week 11
Date and Time: Friday November 8, 2013 8:30pm EST
Where: Rentschler Field, Hartford CT
by Tim, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: Lou. -28.5/Con. +28.5
Over/Under Total: 49.5
Thank the Lord the Teddy Bridgewater Heisman chatter has ended! The loss to UCF in Week 9 slammed that Fantasy shut for all-time! Handing Bridgewater the Heisman while playing at the Division 1-AA level and racking-up great stats (I know Louisville is CONSIDERED FBS) would have been like Marshall Faulk and Garrison Hearst getting jipped out of the Heisman by Gino Torretta in 1992! Connecticut ishorrible, and Louisville will most certainly take this opportunity Friday to pour on the points to impress Bowl Committees. Connecticut did almost beat South Florida and Michigan; losing by a combined 6 points. But the only reason Connecticut could ever be on national TV is because of their location to ESPN HQs. Red Sox, Bruins, Pats, and Husky football doesnt play in Peoria, but it sure chimes around the sanctimonious hierarchy nestled around Bristol, CT. Lets see if Connecticut has any chance of covering this 28.5 spread!
They park cars not-so-bad around the Connecticut campus but they dont play football well. Connecticut is pretty much sitting in the caboose in every statistical category known to mankind. 117th in rushing yards, 119th in points for, 107th in points against, 105th in scoring defense, 122nd in sacks, 103rd in team defense passing efficiency, 120th in tackles for loss allowed, last in winning percentage, 101st in time of possession, and the list goes on and onYep, Connecticut is snoozin in the caboose and every opponent seems to be pulling the train! But Connecticut does show signs of life in my Favorite category; fewest penalties per game! Connecticut is 22nd in fewest penalties and tied for 33rd in total penalty yardageif you aint cheatin, you aint trying (assorted NeckCar sportsmen). Connecticut seems to be a team without talent and desire; not a winning combination (ex. 0-7). Lets chat about the Cardinals.
Louisville is playing with Big School numbers using small school opponents to tally those numbers upon (sounds like Chaucer?? My name is Beowulf! Thats not Tristan). Louisville has run roughshod over the American Non-Athletic Conference counting teeth, eyes, and hair as sufficient booty for a season well-played! Not one stone has been left unturned by the Cardinals; the Cards are 19th in points for, 11th in passing, and 1st in third down conversion percentage. Louisville is 15th in Red Zone offense, 5th in Red Zone defense, 2nd in scoring defense, 3rd in passing yards allowed (fewest), 1st in completion percentage, 14th in passing yards per completion, and 18th in scoring offense. Louisville is a very good teamand in the American Non-Athletic Conference, Louisville is the cream of minimalist crop! Come to think of itmaybe the Teddy Bridgewater chatter should keep sniping at voters eardrums? If Louisville only played Mother Teresas Ineffable Cloistered Monks University, those would still be outstanding statistics!!
Heres the deal: Louisville lost to UCF and ESPN hurried Connecticut along to be a Division 1-A program in a bad neighborhood >> Boston College, Pitt, Rutgersbasically, the Old Big East territory. Louisville needs to impress Bowl members and there arent enough players around Connecticut who want to play FOR Connecticut. If youve ever been to Hartford, Connecticut and viewed the Huskies 20,000 seat Stadium (okay40,000) suitable for a Luau or Nickleback Concert but certainly not big-time college football. Even 28.5 as a spread should not come close to deterring you from this very posh and tasty Snowball Cupcake Bet!! The Huskies should play Cornell, Paris Hilton Finishing School, and Salisbury State instead of teams that play football. Frankly, Husky Head Coach T.J. Weist needs to get the crap out of Hartford before he is gobbled up under years of ineptitude. Big-time college football at Connecticut was ESPNs idea and it has resulted in much pain and sorrow for the entire village of Hartford. It takes a Villagedoesnt itto build a football team? NO, it does not! It takes good players and good coaching to produce good football and the Huskies have nothing of THAT sort; 0-7! Bridgewater will absolutely go nuts in Hartford (East Hartford) and this game might be 50-0! Take the over for Louisville and give the points. Sleep soundly in the caboose along with the Husky offense and defense while the EngineerTeddy B—choo-choos all over Paul Pasqualonis recruits!
Tims Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Louisville Cardinals -28.5
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