Louisville Cardinals (2-0) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (1-1)
Louisville Cardinals vs. Indiana Hoosiers 9/16/23 – Week 3 of the NCAAF season is setting the stage for what appears to be a high-voltage matchup between the Louisville Cardinals (2-0) and the Indiana Hoosiers (1-1). This clash is slated for September 16, 2023, at 12:00 PM ET at the Lucas Oil Stadium, and you can catch all the action live on BTN. While Louisville is coming in strong with a 2-0 record, Indiana looks to bounce back and even their slate after a mixed start to their season.
Louisville has hit the ground running this season, thanks in large part to their key players. Jawhar Jordan, the team’s stellar running back, has been exceptional with 231 rushing yards in just 14 attempts, which translates to a mind-boggling average of 16.5 yards per rush. He has also registered 3 rushing touchdowns. Wide receiver Jamari Thrash is another cornerstone for Louisville’s offense, catching 10 passes for 170 yards and an impressive 3 touchdowns.
Indiana has a 1-1 standing, but their key players have been showing promise. Running back Jaylin Lucas has demonstrated durability and productivity with 112 rushing yards from 21 attempts, and two touchdowns to boot. Wide receiver Omar Cooper Jr. is not to be overlooked. Although yet to score a touchdown, he has tallied 101 receiving yards from 7 receptions, with an average of 14.4 yards per catch. If you’re looking for the free winning football picks, consider their matchups carefully.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Indiana Hoosiers Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Lucas Oil Stadium|
Jack Plummer QB vs. Tayven Jackson QB
At the helm of the Louisville offense is Jack Plummer, who has a completion rate of 64.2%, accumulating 494 passing yards in 53 attempts. Despite throwing 3 interceptions, his 4 touchdowns and a passer rating of 156 are noteworthy. His longest pass stands at an impressive 73 yards.
Contrastingly, Tayven Jackson of Indiana has completed 19 out of 26 passes for 260 yards. He holds a higher completion percentage (73.1%) and an almost identical passer rating of 157.1. Although he has yet to throw a touchdown this season, he’s been interception-free, showcasing good decision-making skills.
When we dissect these stats, Plummer’s propensity for big plays stands out, but his three interceptions are a red flag. Tayven Jackson, on the other hand, plays it safer but lacks the explosive touchdowns that Plummer has been able to deliver. It will be fascinating to see if Plummer’s risk-taking pays off or if Jackson’s caution leads to a more controlled game.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Louisville Cardinals -350, Total Odds: 52
The odds are heavily favoring Louisville, with a spread of -9.5 at -120 and a Moneyline of -350. Indiana comes in as the underdog with a spread of +9.5 at +100 and a Moneyline of +280.
Louisville Cardinals Betting Trends
Louisville has a strong trend, standing at 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games and 8-2 SU in their last 10. However, when facing a Big Ten conference opponent, they’re just 1-4 ATS. The total has also gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 games but has gone OVER in 6 of their last 7 games played in week 3.
Indiana Hoosiers Betting Trends
Indiana hasn’t been a bettor’s best friend, with a 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games and a concerning 2-9 SU in their last 11 games. However, they are 3-8 SU against Atlantic Coast conference opponents and the total has gone OVER in 4 of their last 5 games played in September.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Indiana Hoosiers 9/16/23 Betting Picks
Considering all these elements, while Indiana’s defense is decent, Louisville’s explosive offense, led by Plummer and bolstered by key players like Jordan and Thrash, seems too potent to contain. The betting trends also favor Louisville, especially when playing in September. It may be a bit tighter than the odds suggest, but Louisville should be able to cover the spread, and the total is likely to go OVER based on both teams’ recent trends. Therefore, Louisville at -9.5 and taking the OVER seems like a prudent choice for your free latest sports picks in NCAAF Week 3.
Free Pick and Prediction: Louisville Cardinals will win 35-21.