Louisville is favored by more than two touchdowns to remain unbeaten against Rutgers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – For the first time in three games,
Louisville won't play a winless team this week. But the Cards are still a
considerable favorite to make it to the mid-way point of their 12-game season
Louisville opened as a 16 ½-point favorite in Las Vegas. At
1:20 p.m. Sunday the number dropped to 14 ½ for the Thursday night game in Papa
John's Cardinal Stadium. But by 2:10 more money rolled in on the Cards and the
number moved back to 16 ½.
If you're a student of Jeff Sagarin's predictor computer
rankings, you should have more faith in Louisville. Sagarin's numbers have it
Louisville by 17.4 points. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Although U of L could be without top receiver DeVante
Parker, Rutgers' top back, Paul James, will miss his second straight game with
a leg injury. James ran for 573 yards, averaging better than 7 yards per carry,
in Rutgers' first four games.
What about Kentucky and Indiana?
Both will be underdogs, again.
The Wildcats host top-ranked Alabama in Commonwealth
Stadium. Vegas says that if you take Kentucky you get 26 ½ points. Factoring in
the homefield advantage, Sagarin's formula has Bama better by only 20.5.
Indiana plays its first road game Saturday, visiting
Michigan State. The Hoosiers finally ended a 16-game losing streak against Penn
State while winning their Big Ten opener.
Las Vegas likes Michigan State. The number opened at 6, but
quickly surged to 9 ½. Sagarin says the Spartans are 7.1 points better.