Thursday Night NCAAF Picks – Seminoles vs. Cardinals October 30, 2014

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This year’s Louisville Cardinals can lay serious claim to being potentially the toughest defense Jameis Winston’s ever faced. The Cards lead the nation as a whole defense, allowing just 245.8 yards per NCAAF Picks game, are third in rushing defense (68.8 yards allowed) and are fourth in scoring defense (14.6 points allowed).

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That elite-level defense has been a big reason the sum total moved under in six of Louisville’s eight games this season.

They’re a less impressive 12th in passing yards allowed, but make no mistake; they can still disrupt the passing game. They’re second in the nation in both sacks (28) and interceptions (15). The Noles’offensive line has struggled to guard Winston this year (they’ve allowed 15 sacks) and Winston himself has thrown six interceptions up to now, and so the Cardinals have a good shot at adding to those already impressive numbers.

Offense has been the largest issue for Louisville this year, but there’s more optimism on that side of the ball after their latest 30-18 home win over North Carolina State two weeks ago.

The Cardinals finally had their star running back Michael Dyer and wide receiver DeVante Parker healthy for initially this year, and both contributed heavily to the win. Dyer had 173 rushing yards in his begin of the year while Parker had 132 receiving yards in his first game of the year.

While they’re not probably the most explosive offense on the planet, don’t discount the likelihood of them looking good against an unreliable Noles defense that coughed up 41 points traveling to NC State last month.
Writer’s Prediction

Winston rises up to the occasion to carry the Noles to some other victory, but their defense keeps the Cardinals within striking distance. Take Louisville to cover at home against Florida State.

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