The Louisville Cardinals and UCF Knights had very different beginnings to the 2022 season. The Cardinals were thrashed by Syracuse, 31-7. They allowed nearly 450 yards of offense and committed three turnovers.
The Knights, conversely, rolled over the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 56-10. Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns, and he added 100 more yards and a score on the ground against the FCS opponent.
We’ll see what happens when these teams face off on Friday night in Orlando. Kickoff from FBC Mortgage Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Louisville: 60 overall, 49 offense, 71 defense
UCF: 27 overall, 30 offense, 34 defense
WR Amari Johnson - Questionable (leg)
Against The Spread
Louisville: 0-1 ATS
UCF: 1-0 ATS
Louisville: Over 0-1
UCF: Over 1-0
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Louisville: 60 overall
UCF: 54 overall
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: UCF -5.5
Moneyline: UCF -210, Louisville +180
Opening line: UCF -6
Opening total: 61.5
I’m not sure how much we should read into UCF steamrolling South Carolina State, but Louisville’s Week 1 performance should sound some alarms. Malik Cunningham looked all out of sorts against what should be a very mediocre Syracuse squad. This is actually a step up in class for the Cardinals, and UCF is probably more talented on a player-to-player comparison. UCF’s stadium, affectionately known as the Bounce House, will be literally rocking for this game against a power-conference opponent. Cunningham may not find much success yet again versus a defense that allowed fewer than 100 yards in its season opener.
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