Thursday, September 1, 2016
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
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The Charlotte 49ers take on the Louisville Cardinals on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The opening line for this game has Louisville as 39.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 59.5. Last season the 49ers were 2-7-2 against the spread and their over/under record was 5-6-0. The Cardinals had an over/under record of 7-6-0 and they were 7-6-0 against the spread.
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Charlotte scored 17.5 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 119th in Division 1. In the passing department, they averaged 16.3 passes on 31.3 attempts for a 52.3 percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 173.5 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 111th in college football. The 49ers ran for an average of 163.6 yards per game on 46.9 attempts for an average of 3.5 yards per carry. That ranked them 76th in the nation. They also ran 78.2 plays per contest and averaged 4.3 yards per play for an average of 337.1 yards per game, ranking their offense 110th overall last season. The 49ers averaged 19.5 first downs per game which ranked them 89th in the country. They accumulated 54.9 penalty yards per game via 5.3 penalties, which ranked 65th in the nation.
Charlotte allowed 229 passing yards per game, ranking 72nd in D-1, and they allowed 36.3 points per contest on defense, which ranked 110th. They gave up 19.9 completions on 33.8 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 58.9. The 49ers allowed 193 rushing yards per game on 41.8 carries for a 4.6 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 94th in the country. Charlotte allowed 422 total yards per game including 5.6 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 91st in terms of yards per game. They forced 1.8 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 6.1 penalties for 54.7 yards per game, ranking them 67th among D-1 teams.
Louisville averaged 28.7 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 65th in the country. In the passing department, they completed 17.5 passes per game on 31.5 attempts for a 55.5 percent completion percentage. They threw for 245.1 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 46th in Division 1. The Cardinals ran for an average of 171 yards per game on 37.8 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 64th on the ground. They also ran 69.2 plays per game and averaged 6 yards per play for a total of 416.1 yards per game, ranking them 54th in the country on offense. The Cardinals got an average of 20.9 first downs per game, which ranked 61st in the nation. They averaged 62.6 penalty yards per game via 7.5 penalties, ranking them 34th in college football.
Louisville allowed an average of 212.5 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 52nd in Division 1. Their defense overall allowed 24.1 points per contest, which had them ranked 39th in the nation. They gave up 18.2 completions on 32.4 attempts for a completion percentage of 56.1 per game. The Cardinals allowed 120.2 rushing yards per contest on 36.7 carries for a 3.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 13th in the country. Louisville allowed 332.8 total yards per game for an average of 4.8 yards per play, which ranked 17th in D-1. They forced 2 turnovers per contest and 6.2 penalties for 56 yards in each contest, ranking 71st in the nation.
Matt Johnson finished his last game of last season with 72 yards through the air for Charlotte. He completed 2 passes out of 6 attempts for a 33% completion percentage. The 49ers were led in rushing by Matt Johnson, who finished with 67 yards on 10 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 7 yards per carry. Trent Bostick was the team leader in receiving with a total of 111 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 19 yards per reception. As a team in that game Charlotte got a total of 15 first downs by way of 6 rushing, 7 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 58 total plays for 285 yards for the game. The 49ers ran for 127 yards on 32 attempts.
Lamar Jackson finished his last game of last season with 227 yards through the air for Louisville. He completed 12 passes out of 26 attempts for a 46% completion percentage. The Cardinals were led in rushing by Lamar Jackson, who finished with 226 yards on 22 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 10 yards per carry. Cole Hikutini was the team leader in receiving with a total of 103 yards and 3 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 34 yards per reception. Louisville got a total of 21 first downs by way of 12 rushing, 7 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 72 total plays for 534 yards for the game. The Cardinals ran for 307 yards on 46 attempts.
Charlotte Betting Trends
Charlotte were 5-6-0 against the over/under last season
Charlotte had an ATS record of 2-7-2 last season
Louisville Betting Trends
Louisville were 7-6-0 against the over/under last season
Louisville had an ATS record of 7-6-0 last season
Injuries to Watch
No key injuries to report
08/19/16 DB Cornelius Sturghill Foot out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Louisville
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