Miami vs Louisville Prediction
Miami vs Louisville
If you watch just one college football game this weekend, make it the no. 17 Miami Hurricanes taking on the no. 18 Louisville Cardinals. Kickoff is at 7:30 EST on Saturday, September 19, at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. At the moment, the Cardinals are 2.5-point home favorites with the over/under for the game at 64.5 points. Keep reading for an in-depth look at both teams and our official Louisville vs Miami prediction.
Miami Hurricanes Preview
The Hurricanes began the 2020 campaign with high expectations, and one game into the season, they are living up to those expectations. Miami began the season with a potential trap game against UAB, who is expected to compete for the Conference USA title this year. But the Hurricanes took the game seriously and were the better team from start to finish.
The arrival of Houston transfer D’Eriq King as Miami’s starting quarterback has changed the look of the offense. King was far from his best against UAB, but he carries himself like an experienced quarterback. He’s also able to make plays with his legs, which should help to offset an offensive line that was terrible in 2019 and has a lot to prove. Of course, that offensive line had no trouble opening holes for running back Ca’Ron Harris, who ran for 136 yards on 17 carries against UAB. The more the Hurricanes get out of their running game, the less they’ll need of King and the better off they’ll be.
Likewise, the Miami defense had a strong showing in the season opener. UAB is known as a quality rushing team, but the Hurricanes stuffed the run, limiting the Blazers to 80 yards. When all was said and done, the Miami defense conceded just 285 total yards. However, the 10 ACC teams the Hurricanes play during the rest of the season will likely pose a far greater challenge.
Louisville Cardinals Preview
Much like Miami, the Cardinals were able to take care of business in a potentially tricky season opener. After falling behind in-state rival Western Kentucky early, Louisville responded with 28 straight points to lead 28-7 at halftime and cruised to a 35-21 win. It was the perfect way to start the season for a team that surpassed all expectations in 2019 under first-year coach Scott Satterfield.
Against Western Kentucky, the Louisville offense picked up where it left off in 2019. Quarterback Malik Cunningham is not only a great athlete who’s dangerous with his feet but also a quarterback who loves to throw the deep ball. Cunningham threw for 343 yards in the season opener while averaging over 10 yards per attempt. With the way he can extend plays with his legs, Louisville’s receivers always have time to get down the field. The scary part is that last year’s leading rusher Javian Hawkins and last year’s leading receiver Tutu Atwell didn’t have standout games, and yet the Louisville offense had no trouble scoring 35 points.
Of course, the Louisville defense entered 2020 with a host of questions. It’s impossible to say that the Cards have answered those questions after one game against a team with a lackluster passing attack. However, the Louisville defense did a good job of keeping the Western Kentucky rushing attack under wraps, which is a step in the right direction.
Louisville vs Miami Prediction
Saturday’s Louisville-Miami game could turn into a shootout between two of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. The Cardinals could have an advantage with regard to skill players, although the Miami defense has more proven playmakers. With the spread at 2.5 points, it’s obvious that this game could go either way. Also, both teams will fancy themselves as having a chance to reach the ACC Championship Game as the second-best team in the conference behind Clemson, giving the winner of this game a huge leg up in the ACC standings.
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