The University of Louisville Cardinals (1-1, 0-1 ACC) open their home schedule at Cardinal Stadium on Friday against the Florida State University Seminoles (2-0, 1-0 Away). The Seminoles are 2.5-point favorites, and the total is 56.Florida State (2-0, 1-0 Away) is coming off a close 24-23 win over LSU at Caesars Superdome on September 4. Jordan Travis threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Treshaun Ward ran 16 times for 49 yards. Ontaria Wilson caught seven passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Louisville (1-1, 0-1 ACC) beat UCF 20-14 at FBC Mortgage Stadium last Friday. Malik Cunningham was 14 of 29 for 195 yards. Cunningham carried 17 times for 121 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Hudson had three receptions for 67 yards.
The Cardinals won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 31-23 victory in September. Cunningham threw two touchdowns and ran for another two for Louisville.
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The Seminoles are averaging 35.5 points per game so far this season, 55th in FBS, and they are facing a Cardinals defense that has surrendered 22.5 PPG (66th). Meanwhile, Louisville has scored 13.5 points a game this season, 122nd in the country, and Florida State is allowing 15.0 PPG (33rd). The Seminoles rank as one of the country’s top teams in rushing yards per game (269.0, 5th), while they are 67th in passing yards (246.0). Look for them to exploit a matchup advantage on the ground, as the Cardinals are 117th in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (207.5). Against the pass, Louisville is 40th (186.5).Louisville is 100th in the nation in passing yards per game (196.0) and 52nd in rushing (181.5). Florida State’s defense has been stout through the air, as the Seminoles are 16th in the country in passing yards allowed per game (140.0). Against the run, the Seminoles are 53rd (116.0).
Through two games, Travis has thrown for two touchdowns and 233.5 yards per game to lead Florida State in passing. Ward leads the team in rushing with an average of 88.0 yards a game over two games. He has two touchdowns on the ground. Johnny Wilson is the Seminoles’ leading receiver with 55.5 yards a game. Cunningham is averaging 173.5 passing yards per game through two games to lead Louisville. Tiyon Evans has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 82.0 yards a game through two games. He has two touchdowns. Hudson has been the primary target in the Cardinals’ aerial attack, averaging 84.5 yards per game through two appearances.
SportsTips’ College Football Pick:
Florida State (-155)
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