Cincinnati at Louisville - 12/17/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Louisville Cardinals (7-5) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3)

Game Info: Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 11:00 am (Fenway Park)

Betting Odds: Louisville Cardinals -1.5 -- Over/Under: 39.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Bearcats and Louisville Cardinals face off on Saturday in the Fenway Bowl at Fenway Park. There are all kinds of storylines heading into this game. Scott Satterfield was the coach of Louisville this season, but he has now taken the Cincinnati job, although he won’t be coaching in this game. 

Cincinnati comes into this game with a 9-3 record, and they have gone 3-8-1 against the spread here. The Bearcats are averaging 31.1 points, while their defense is giving up 20.3 points per game. This team that finished with that 9-3 record, though, is a lot different from the one that will be on the field for this game. Coach Luke Fickell is gone and with the Wisconsin Badgers. Starting quarterback Ben Bryant is dealing with a foot injury and is out for this game. Tre Tucker and tight end Josh Whyle also won’t be playing in this game. Quarterback Evan Prater is going to get the start in this game. So far this season he has thrown for 340 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. 

The Cardinals come into this game with a 7-5 record, and they have gone 7-5 against the spread. Two close out the season, Louisville faced off against Kentucky, and they were defeated 26-13. Louisville is averaging 27.2 points, while their defense is giving up 20.2 points per game. The offense that was responsible for that success this season, will be missing a few key players for this game. Malik Cunningham is getting ready for the NFL, and the starting quarterback will miss the game. Louisville will also be without running back Tiyon Evans and wide receiver Tyler Hudson. Brock Domann is going to get the start under center for Louisville in this game. 

Louisville is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following a straight-up win. The under is 4-0 in the Cardinal's last four games. The under is 4-0 in the Cardinal's last four non-conference games. 

This is a game with so many key opts out on offense, I expect both offenses are going to really struggle in this game. These are two quarterbacks that don’t have a ton of experience, and I expect they are going to both really struggle to move the ball here. Both teams are going to have issues getting to even 17 points, and the under is going to cash here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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