A couple of teams that prefer to keep it on the ground, Cardinals (+3.5) are gearing up to welcome their ACC nemesis Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-3.5) to Louisville. The game is scheduled to get going at 7:00 p.m. ET and ESPN will televise the action.
Betting Preview: Louisville Cardinals vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
In this Friday Atlantic Coast matchup, Georgia Tech is getting picked as the favorite and is currently giving up 3.5 points. The Yellow Jackets are also receiving -175 moneyline odds while the Cardinals are +155. It appears that there could be some good live betting opportunities for this game.
The Yellow Jackets have lost 4.5 units so far and are 1-4 against the spread (ATS). The team’s posted an O/U mark of 3-1.
The Cardinals have lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 1-4 ATS and have an O/U record of 2-3.
The Yellow Jackets are 2-3 straight up (SU), including 0-2 SU against conference opponents. The Cardinals are 2-3 SU overall and are also 0-2 SU in conference play.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a resounding 63-17 win over Bowling Green last week. The Yellow Jackets secondary allowed the Falcons to air it out for 330 yards. Offensively, TaQuon Marshall completed five-of-6 passes for only 160 yards. Marshall (42 yards on 13 rush attempts, two TDs) also led the ground attack and was complemented by Tobias Oliver (115 yards on seven carries, two TDs). Jalen Camp (two receptions, 70 yards) and Clinton Lynch (one catch, 41 yards) handled the receiving duties in the win.
Louisville most-recently lost a 28-24 game to Florida State. Jawon Pass completed 24-of-45 passes for 306 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Trey Smith (70 rushing yards on 14 attempts) and the signal-caller Pass (-14 yards on 11 carries, one TD) led the running game while Micky Crum (eight receptions, 47 yards, one TD) led the pass-catching corps in the loss.
Georgia Tech has run the ball on 80.5 percent of its offensive plays this year, including 83.0 percent across possessions in conference play. Louisville has an overall run percentage of 52.2 percent, and has rushed the ball 47.9 percent of the time when facing ACC opponents. The Yellow Jackets have produced 339.2 rush yards/game (including 233.0 per game against Atlantic Coast opponents) and have 21 scores on the ground this year. The Cards are putting up 120.0 rush yards per game (90.5 in conference) and have five total rushing TDs.
The Yellow Jackets offensive scheme has averaged 114.0 yards through the air overall (61.5 per game against conference opposition) and has three passing TDs so far. The Cards have produced 191.6 pass yards per contest (227 against ACC foes) and have five total pass scores.
Defensively, Georgia Tech has allowed opponents to rush for an average of 149.0 yards and throw for 207.0 yards per game. The Louisville defense has allowed 217.0 yards per game to opposing passers and 168.8 yards per game on the ground. The Yellow Jackets are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 5.05 to opposing QBs, while the Cards have given up an 8.39 ANY/A.
Marshall has been more effective than Pass recently, as his adjusted net yards per pass attempt sits at 5.92for the year (and 11.33 over the last two games). Pass’ ANY/A is 3.59 for the season and 3.91 over his last two games.
These two ACC foes did not get a chance to play each other last season.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Louisville Cardinals Free Pick
SU Winner: Louisville, ATS Winner: Louisville