Louisville Cardinals vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 11/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Louisville Cardinals vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Location: Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Devils (+19.5)
The Duke Blue Devils (3-7) are hosting the Louisville Cardinals (5-5) at Wallace Wade Stadium on Thursday. Duke is 19.5-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total comes in at 59.
The Louisville Cardinals come into this game with a record of 5-5 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Cardinals took on the Syracuse Orange and notched a win by a score of 41-30. Malik Cunningham connected on 13/18 with 209 yds passing and 4 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 98.3 and ended the game without throwing an interception. Jalen Mitchell was the best rusher for the Cardinals with 15 attempts for 102 yds (6.8 yds per attempt). When the final whistle blew, they ran 54 plays which gave them 382 yards. The Louisville Cardinals rushed the ball a total of 32 different times and tallied 163 yards, which earned them an average of 5.1 yds per attempt. When it came to stopping the run, the Cardinals conceded 125 yds on 36 attempts, which is an average of 3.5 yards per rush allowed. Louisville conceded 18 pass completions on 31 tries for a total of 220 yds, and a completion percentage of 58.1%.
Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Louisville Cardinals have an average of 30.0 points per contest. As a unit they average 201.3 yards via the ground game which is 24th in D-1. The Cardinals have racked up 4,369 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Louisville has earned 14 touchdowns through the air and 21 rushing touchdowns. Louisville has accrued 203 first downs as a team, and they have been flagged for 67 penalties for 603 yards. They have turned the ball over 12 times.
The Cardinals are sitting in 74th in college football when it comes to their opponents scoring, conceding 25.0 PPG. They are allowing an average of 4.0 yards per rush and 134.0 rushing yards per contest on the year. For the season, they have given up 1,340 yards via the running game in 10 games. Regarding passing yardage, the Cardinals are conceding 2,521 yds which ranks them 112th in the country. They are giving up 252.1 yards per contest through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 63.7%. Overall, they have given up 386.1 yards per contest which has them ranked 79th in the country. They have yielded 18 touchdowns by air in addition to 12 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Blue Devils step onto the field holding a record of 3-7 for this season. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Blue Devils walked away with a loss by a score of 54-17 against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Riley Leonard finished the contest with 84 yards on 7/16 passing while his quarterback rate was 87.9. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.3. Jordan Moore carried the rock 17 times for 113 yds, walking away from the contest with 6.6 yards per attempt for Duke. Duke ran the ball for 4.0 yards per attempt, finishing the contest with 196 yards on 49 attempts. The Blue Devils finished the game with a total of 343 yds on 77 plays (4.5 yds per play). The Blue Devils pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 65.1%, surrendering 416 yards on 28 out of 43 through the air. Duke conceded 41 rush attempts for 222 yds (5.4 yards per rush).
The Duke Blue Devils average 436.3 yards per contest, which has them ranked 38th in college football. The Duke offense has 623 yards of penalties on 66 violations, which has them ranked 54th in the country in terms of helping out the opposition. For the season thus far, the Blue Devils have thrown for a total of 2,423 yards via the pass not to mention an average of 242.3 throwing yards per game, which ranks 59th in the nation. When looking at their ability to score points, the Blue Devils rank 97th in Division 1 scoring 24.2 points per game.
Duke has yielded a total of 1,953 rushing yards (195.3 yards per outing) and 20 touchdowns by way of the ground game this season. They have given up 24 touchdowns via the pass as well as 304.8 yards per game, ranking them 141st in the country. The Blue Devils defense has taken part in 721 plays, which ranks them 117th in college football. The Blue Devils are relinquishing 36.8 PPG, which has them 134th in Division 1. Overall, they have conceded 368 points.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Blue Devils college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Devils +19.5
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