Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) vs. Louisville Cardinals (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS)
College Football Week 7
Date and Time: Thursday October 10, 2013 7:30pm EST
Where: Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium, Louisville KY
by Tim, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: Rut. +17/Lou. -17
Over/Under Total: OFF
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Is Louisville a racehorse or just another Claimer walking in and out of the horse trailer? Louisville has beaten every County Fair Standard Breed on their schedule! This Thursday evening, Louisville has a match race against another State Champion; Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have run very similar races against their opponents winning by a neck in 3 contests and beating gimpy ponies in 1 other. Rutgers has won four straight since losing their opener 52-51 to, If theyre on, and no other game is on, Ill watch them Fresno State. Lets see who may enjoy an edge in this game.
Let us quickly dispense with both albatrosses (or is it: albatrois?) hanging from each teams neck; neither team plays any opponent worthy of a Top 20 expose (and neither team picks who they play—they just play!). Of those Also Ran, Louisville is undefeated and Rutgers is a conversion away from being undefeated. Where are the keys? I must find the keys!! Door number 1: Louisville lets it fly standing 13th in the nation in total passing offense at 333 yards per game! Rutgers is a bottom feeder with pass defense ranking 116th as a pass-over-me university. Im glad Rutgers is pass-inclusiveHell, Iraq had a better pass defense than Rutgers and they got smoked like a salmon at a precocious class reunion! Louisville is ranked #1 in the nation at 3rd down conversions and 8th in pass completion percentage. On defense, the Cardinals stand 3rd in Red Zone Defense >>> just in case you didnt think the Cards could play on hit em and hurt em side of the ball. Does Rutgers have any advantages? How can this game not be a complete collapse by the Scarlet Knightsand by the way, What the crap is a Scarlet Knight?
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Louisville has won the last 2 meetings over Rutgers by a combined 5 points. Rutgers leads the series 7-5 and the Knights have won 3 of the last 4 clashes on Thursday night ESPN! Rutgers junior QB Gary Nova has tallied over 5,000 yards in his Nike paid for shoeswhich should sicken anyone opposed to the Nike monolith monstrosity! Gary Nova is 3rd all-time in Rutgers passing TDs history. The 2013 Scarlet Knights are 2nd all-time in school history with 200 points through 5 games. The Knights can pass-shoot-score they just have managed to supersede the propensity of being charitable on the boring side of the ball. Feed the defense raw meat has been replaced with Yogurt and low fat turkey breast cooked exceedingly wellsans the oil around the Rutgers defense. Lets look at an analysis of whats in store for both teams this Thursday.
Both these teams belong to the AAC and no one, without a PHD in Domestic Relations, knows what the AAC stands forand the Chairman of the leagueMike Aresco—comes from CBS SportsYep, the same network of Jimmy the Greek, aging and creepy David Letterman, and Brent Im Horrid Musburger at the ships helmin a move towards Fort Knox for most observers. Aresco is known around the country as The Cooler or The Fixer with his previous history as Destroyer of the Big East Conference in 2012. After the disembowelment of the Big East, Aresco became (SURPRISE!!!!) head of the AAC! Today, the AAC is a conference nestled somewhere around Abrahams bosom and a Time-share presentationthe entire incorporation of ACC teams rivals the A+ rating Standard and Poors placed on high risk mortgage bonds and the over/under for ESPNs Keith Olbermann to publicly support socialism as an American diet plan; both sound good in theory; unless one happens to do the research!! The AAC knows they are cookedRutgers has Big Ten Snooze City on their mind and Louisville has the ACC and B-Ball in their Pitino hearts for 2014. This is really no rivalry other than: Louisville and Rutgers will be close as these Student-Athletes (SURE!) from Rutgers are eager for some Street-Cred with a win over this Louisville team. Lets face it: Each of these teams wouldnt survive a .500 season if affiliated with a tough conference scheduleand the AAC is anything but a tough conference. This is Elf Misfit Island and this game will be close!
Rutgers and Louisville usually are a brother and brother battle where the guy with the best destructive phrase wins the contest. Look for this contest to go OVER without regard to where the line is at the point of flopping sawbucks on the line. Historically, Louisville (pronounced Lew-EE-Ville not Loowll-villeIm not, nor ever will be, a hick!) and Rutgers have mano-y-mano until overtime. This game will be no different.
Tims Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Rutgers +17
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