Florida State vs. Louisville fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY
Florida State (2-2) vs. Louisville (2-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Florida State Will Win
Louisville is supposed to have a fun and exciting offense – it’s a Bobby Petrino offense, after all.
It’s saying a lot to be a bad ACC offense with Florida State sputtering so much, but the Cardinals are really, really struggling.
The O is miserable on third downs, and the D is worse – the Cardinals are last among all ACC teams in third down conversions on both sides of the ball.
The offense is the biggest issue, though, averaging an ACC-low 17 points per game with no ground game and no pop down the field. The Cardinals only managed three points against Virginia and have yet to score more than 20 against an FBS team.
FSU might have its issues, but the defense hasn’t been bad. This isn’t the week the UofL O is ready to blow up.
Fortunately for the Cardinals …
One Reason Why Louisville Will Win
The Florida State offense hasn’t found its groove yet, either.
The passing game finally kicked in with 352 yards in the win over Northern Illinois, but the Cardinal secondary is good enough to keep the Noles from blowing up through the air for a second straight week.
It also helps that there’s no running game to worry about.
FSU has the talent in the backfield, but behind this mediocre line, it just can’t get this dog to hunt. Even with the great backs, the ground attack has yet to hit the 150-yard mark.
Making matters worse is the fumbling issue. The Noles have turned it over 11 times in the four games with six fumbles, losing three in last week’s win over Northern Illinois. The Cardinal offense needs all of the easy chances it can get.
What’s Going To Happen
Something has to give with these two shockingly bad teams.
Louisville is trying to find the right mix, but the offense simply can’t score on a regular basis. The defense has been able to hold its own over the last few weeks, but Deondre Francois and the passing game should be just good enough to crank out a few scoring drives.
Neither team will run the ball, and FSU has a better passing game. The Nole defensive front will hold its own just enough to get by.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Florida State 26, Louisville 17
Line: Florida State -6, o/u: 46
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1
Must See Rating: 2.5
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