The No. 8 Miami (FL) Hurricanes (-3.5) will open the 2018 campaign against the No. 25 LSU Tigers (+3.5) at AT&T Stadium. ABC is scheduled to televise the action and this Sunday game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Betting Preview: LSU Tigers vs. Miami (FL) Hurricanes
In this Sunday game, Miami (FL) is getting picked as the favorite and is currently giving up 3.5 points. The Hurricanes are also receiving -175 moneyline odds while the Tigers are +155. This tilt is projected as a toss-up, and if one side can create a bunch of points early it will generate a worthwhile live betting opportunity. Vegas has placed the over/under (O/U) at 47.5 points.
The game’s over/under was originally set at 45.5, but sharp bettors have been hammering the over.
Overall, the Tigers finished 9-4 straight up (SU) in 2017 while the Hurricanes were 10-3 last season. Against conference opponents, the Hurricanes finished 7-1 SU while the Tigers were 6-2 SU versus Southeastern squads. Both teams registered a 3-1 record SU against non-conference competition in 2017.
The Hurricanes logged 267.1 passing yards per game and 125.5 rushing yards per game against their eight ACC opponents last year. They managed to put up 27.1 points per game against those opponents while giving up 18.8 per contest. When playing non-conference programs, they averaged 44.7 points and 17.0 points-allowed, in addition to 234.3 pass yards per game and 269.3 rush yards per contest.
Against non-conference competition in 2017, the Tigers passed for 236.0 yards per game and rushed for 207.8 per game on their way to 32.0 points per outing. When facing just SEC opponents, the offensive unit registered 26.1 points per game by averaging 184.0 passing yards and 212.3 rushing yards. The Tigers defense allowed 15.0 PPG to non-conference foes and 20.6 to teams in conference,
If the numbers from 2017 are any indication, then the Hurricanes may hold an advantage when it comes to effectiveness in the ground game. Their running backs logged 5.0 yards per carry last season while the defense allowed a YPC of 3.5 to opponents. The Tigers tallied 4.8 yards per carry last year and allowed a YPC of 3.9 to the opposition.
Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs. LSU Tigers Free Prediction
SU Winner: Miami (FL), ATS Winner: Miami (FL), O/U: Over
- Miami (FL) created 19 rushing touchdowns last season.
- LSU put up 25 rushing touchdowns last season.
- Miami (FL) recorded 26 passing touchdowns last season.
- LSU threw for 17 passing touchdowns last season.