The Big East conference BCS Bowl berth will be likely be awarded to winner here as the Louisville Cardinals will travel on a short week to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in an NCAA college football game on Thursday night. Kick off time from Rutgers is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The betting odds opened up in this game with the home team Rutgers Scarlet Knights favored by –2 ½ points with the over under line of 43 points. Early money has landed on the side of the home side at Rutgers is now lined as a -3 point betting favorite. The total has not moved off of 43 points.
In their head to head meeting in 2011 it was Louisville posting the 16-14 home win as a -1 point favorite. The total landed under 41 ½ points. CFB Trend: Louisville Cardinals are 0-2 ATS in their past two games.
Should Louisville beat Rutgers there will be at least a four way tie in the Big East conference and possibly a five way tie if Cincinnati beats Connecticut. In this scenario the BCS berth is awarded to the highest ranked team in the BCS. The Cardinals have dropped two straight games. They fall to 9-2 on the season after a 23-20 home overtime loss to the Connecticut Huskies as a -10 point betting favorite. The total came in at under 46 points. Louisville rallies with a game tying touchdown in the final seconds of the game to force the overtime period but an overtime turnover proved costly in the end. Their offense produced 401 yards with 27 from their ground attack for 1 yard per rush. Each team committed one turnover. Teddy Bridgewater hit on 30 of 53 passes for 331 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. Bridgewater is a sophomore who completes nearly 69% of his passes with 23 touchdowns and 6 picks. Louisville allowed Connecticut 241 yards of offense with 149 from their ground attack for less than four yards per rush. Louisville is a passing team throwing for 296 yards per game. Pass defense is Rutgers strength as they rank 14th in all of college football.
A Scarlet Knights win on Thursday night and they win the Big East conference and an automatic BCS Bowl berth. Rutgers falls to 9-2 on the 2012 campaign following a 27-6 road defeat last week to the Pittsburgh Panthers as a +1 ½ point underdog. The game came in under 43 ½ points. The Scarlet Knights fall behind 21-0 at the half in the loss. Their offense produced 207 yards with 49 on the ground for 2 yards per attempt. Each team had one turnover each. Gary Nova hit on 19 of 38 throws for 158 yards with a touchdown and pick. Nova is a sophomore QB who has 20 touchdowns and 13 picks on the year. Rutgers allowed Pittsburgh to generate 365 offensive yards with 138 coming from their run game for less than four yards per rush. Rutgers is a struggle on offense and a demon on defense. They rank 4th in scoring defense by allowing 13 points a game.