Georgia Tech Yellowjackets (2-3) vs Louisville Cardinals (2-3)Date : 10/05/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky
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Georgia Tech Yellowjackets vs Louisville Cardinals
The first ACC meeting ever between the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets and the Louisville Cardinals will take place at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday night at 7 pm EST. The Yellowjackets are fresh off a 63-17 home blowout versus Bowling Green as they collected 375 yards on the ground while limiting the Falcons to only 63 yards total. The Cardinals lost a close contest at home to Florida State by a 28-24 score as the Seminoles scored 14 points in the fourth quarter thus sealing the win. Nonetheless, both teams covered the spread in their previous weeks matchups while the over was the play in both contests.
Georgia Tech Yellowjackets's Latest Performance :
Georgia Tech cruised to victory versus the Falcons of Bowling Green as they took a 28-10 lead into halftime while outscoring the Falcons 35-7 in the second half en route to the blowout victory. As stated, they racked up 375 total yards on the ground with Tobias Oliver leading the way with 115 yards and two scores on seven carries while TaQuon Marshall threw for 160 yards total in the win while rushing for 42 yards along with two scores. Jalen Camp caught two passes for 70 yards in the win as the passing game averaged 22.9 yards per catch. The defense held Bowling Green to 1.7 yards per carry while allowing the passing game to rack up 330 yards in the win. The Jackets may have another successful day on the ground as their second ranked rushing attack will face the 83rd ranked Louisville rush defense in week six.
Louisville Cardinals's Latest Performance :
The Cardinals held the ball for 35:48 minutes during their game versus FSU while converting ten for 19 third down conversions yet was only able to rack up 115 yards on the ground while having 306 passing yards as Jawon Pass also had two touchdown passes along with two picks in the loss. Trey Smith led the rushing attack with 70 yards on 14 carries while Jaylen Smith ended with 100 receiving yards on five catches as the passing attack averaged 6.8 yards per catch. And while the Cardinals fumbled five times (one lost), the defense for Louisville recovered a fumble in the game as well while allowing a total of 370 total yards to the Seminoles as Deandre Francois threw for four touchdowns and 294 yards total in the win while Nyquan Murray caught six passes for 114 yards along with two scores. Corner back Chandler Jones is uncertain to play after leaving the contest versus Florida State due to a leg injury.
How Georgia Tech Yellowjackets & Louisville Cardinals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Louisville is 1-4 ATS while the O/U is 2-3
Georgia Tech is 1-4 ATS while the O/U is 3-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Georgia Tech certainly needed their win versus an outmatched Bowling Green after a rough patch in losing to Clemson in a close game at home along with a road loss at Pitt to go 0-2 in the ACC. They should be ready for this matchup versus a struggling Louisville squad that is ranked very low in both passing and rushing statistics this year. In fact, they are allowing teams to put up 26 points per game with their offense only averaging 18 points in 2018 while Georgia Tech is averaging 36 points per outing while allowing 28 points to their opponents thus far. In all, this will be an interesting and competitive matchup amongst two teams desperately look for an ACC victory as both are currently winless.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Georgia Tech -4
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Yellowjackets in this matchup as they have the more reliable offense while their defense is much better as well. And while they will be on the road to where they are winless on the season, I happen to believe that they will have a much better showing versus a Louisville team that is ranked in the bottom half in the nation as it relates to stopping the run. Besides, Georgia Tech is ranked in the top 50 in stopping both the run and the pass as the Cardinals, while being motivated to get a win, will not be able to match their overall intensity and cohesiveness in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 57.5
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as the Cardinals have not been able to stop the running game for any of their opponents thus far. With that being said, the option attack for the Yellowjackets in indeed dangerous once again in 2018 and I expect the Cardinals’ defensive front to quickly become confused as they begin to become dominated at the point of attack. In all, Louisville’s defense will not be able to compete over the course of this game, so, it is for this reason that I expect the visitors to not only cover the points, but, to score early and often as well.
Betting trends for Georgia Tech Yellowjackets:
- Over is 5-0 in Yellow Jackets last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Yellow Jackets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Yellow Jackets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
Betting trends for Louisville Cardinals:
- Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Cardinals are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games in October.
- Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game