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By Scott Krones
Both currently holders of 3-3 records, the Huskies visit the Cardinals on Saturday in a Big East tussle and the college football odds have the home team as slight underdogs. Connecticut are straight off a bye week, but their most recent game was October 8th’s disheartening 27-24 loss away to Rutgers.
Jordan Todman led the Huskies with 24 rushes for 123 yards (including a 66-yard TD run), while QB Cody Endres was 17 of 34 for 153 yards and a touchdown. But it was not enough as UConn surrendered a 10-point lead in the late stages, resulting in a loss in their conference opener.
Fellow Big East challengers Louisville are also coming off a tough loss where the Cardinals could not overcome Cincinnati at home. Even a splendid 209-yard rushing performance by Bilal Powell could not give the Cardinals the much-needed victory.
UConn the NCAAF betting favorites against Louisville
Louisville is 3-2 ATS thus far on the NCAAF season, failing to cover last weekend as 2.5-point underdogs against the Bearcats. Charlie Strong’s team are again on the receiving end of the chalk, getting two points at most sportsbooks.
UConn (2-3 ATS) are the slight favorites on the road, where they are 0-3 so far this season. In addition to the loss to Rutgers, the Huskies have fallen short at Michigan and at Temple.
A tough encounter with the 5-1 West Virginia Mountaineers awaits the weekend after, meaning a victory at Louisville would do wonders for the Huskies’ confidence heading into that pivotal affair. With relatively shaky defenses, it could end up being a shootout between these two NCAAF teams, reflected in the posted game total of 56.5 at many books, but keep an eye on the live line at sbrodds.com
Both teams feature tremendous rushing attacks. Whose will prevail on Saturday?
If UConn is to win, Todman will need another big day in the backfield. The junior RB is averaging 152.2 yards per game on the ground this season and has reached the endzone a team-leading eight times.
The Cardinals have a star running back of their own in Pilal, who has 898 yards rushing and 10 total touchdowns on the year. QB Adam Froman is off to a solid start as well, throwing for 1356 yards with 10 TDs and 4 INT through five games.
Even in their losses, Louisville have managed to keep each game close this season, and should be hungry to get back to their winning ways versus the Huskies.
This one could very easily come down to the last possession, but take the points and back the Cardinals to get it done at home against their Big East foes.Read next
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