Charlotte battles 19th-ranked Louisville in week 1 of college football betting action. The game takes place at Papa John’s Cardinals Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. Kick-off is at 7:00 pm ET Thursday, September 1, 2016.
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) August 29, 2016
The Charlotte 49ers are not a good team to back based on their 2-7, -570 record against the spread. The Louisville Cardinals are an average team against the spread (6-6).
How To Bet Charlotte 49ers Vs No. 19 Louisville Cardinals College Football Week 1 Odds
What: Charlotte 49ers (0-0) at Louisville Cardinals (0-0)
When: Thursday, September 1, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Louisville, KY
Stadium: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Spread: Louisville -39.5
Moneyline: Charlotte +20000 vs Louisville -60000
Game Total: 60.5
Watch: ESPN 3
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The public is 68% on the Louisville Cardinals to cover the spread. The point spread opened at LVILLE -37.5. The line movement indicates more money is being placed on the side of the Louisville Cardinals to cover.
Why Bet On Charlotte at +39.5
The 49’ers return 16 starters. The offensive line returns 4 starters. That by itself should help Charlotte stick with Louisville at least for part of this game. Charlotte also returns 8 starters on defense, including nose tackle Larry Ogunjobi who could be an All Conference USA first team selection.
Why Bet on Louisville at -39.5
Louisville is loaded on both offense and defense. The defense returns 4 players who entered the NFL Draft but decided to play for Bobby Petrino again. 3 of those 4 players are monsters: LB Devonte Fields, LB Keith Kelsey and safety Josh Harvey-Clemons. The offense has a Heisman Trophy Candidate in QB Lamar Jackson.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Louisville has the talent to compete with Clemson and Florida State for the ACC Championship this season. Coach Bobby Petrino has high-expectations for the Cardinals. This is the first time since joining the ACC that Louisville has both a powerful offense and a powerful defense.
But Charlotte is no slouch of a team. The 49’ers return 4, experienced, players along the offensive line. If Charlotte can slow things down, especially in the second half of this game, they could keep it close enough to reward sportsbook backers.
The Cardinals play so fast on defense that they tend to get tired in the 4th quarter. That should allow Charlotte, who is experienced and has a couple of their own stud players, to keep thing contained within the number. I like Louisville to win, but I like Charlotte to cover.