Rutgers Needs Victory Vs. Louisville Thursday To Win Big East

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Louisville Cardinals at Rutgers Scarlet Knights
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11/29/2012 at 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Rutgers -2½, O/U 43½
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Louisville Cardinals: That 9-0 start for the Cards (9-2 straight-up, 4-6-1 against the spread) has become a distant memory following consecutive losses, the most recent a 23-20 triple overtime setback vs. a UConn Huskies team that was getting 10 points from the oddsmakers. Despite the slide, Louisville could keep its hopes for a BCS game alive with a win on Thursday. The Cardinals will definitely need to get off to a better start offensively in this game than they did last week when failing to get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. It didn't help that Teddy Bridgewater suffered a broken left wrist in the first half, though the sophomore quarterback returned to lead the two scoring drives in regulation and is probable for Thursday's tilt (click to check updated college football injury report). Louisville has won and covered its last two clashes with Rutgers but is just 1-3 ATS in road contests this season.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights: Coach Kyle Flood and the Knights (9-2 SU, 7-4 ATS) suffered their first Big East defeat last week at Pitt in convincing fashion, 27-6, to miss a chance to sew up the conference title. The Panthers rode a 21-0 advantage into halftime and an impotent Rutgers attack could manage just over 200 yards of total offense on the afternoon. The defense continues to carry the load for the Scarlet Knights, ranking 14th in fewest yards allowed (317.4 per game) and fourth in scoring (13.7 points per game). Rutgers is dealing with a quarterback who is less than 100 percent as well after Gary Nova injured his neck in the loss to Pittsburgh, but he is expected to play on Thursday. Linebacker Khaseem Greene (head) is also listed as probable. The last three Scarlett Knights games have failed to reach the total, but the "over" has cashed in the last three home meetings with Louisville.

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