Virginia Cavaliers vs Louisville Cardinals 11/9/2023 – Thursday will witness another exciting ACC battle as Virginia Cavaliers (2-7; 6-3-0 ATS) meet #13 Louisville Cardinals (8-1; 5-3-1 ATS). Kickoff for this showdown is set for 7:30 pm EDT, and their history adds even more intrigue, with Louisville winning their most recent meeting and Virginia taking two of three prior ones. As these teams gear up for this clash, let’s dive deeper into each team’s recent performances, strengths, and weaknesses, as well as what might transpire on the field. The college football betting picks are updated below with all the details for this entertaining game. For the latest odds and betting options, check out a secured football betting site.
Virginia Cavaliers vs Louisville Cardinals 11/9/2023 Game Info
|When:||Thursday, November 9, 2023|
|Time:||7:30 PM ET|
|Where:||L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium|
The Cavaliers entered this season with both promise and challenges in mind. Following an impressive win against UNC at home and an entertaining overtime battle against Miami, optimism was high. Unfortunately, their recent 45-17 loss against Georgia Tech exposed defensive vulnerabilities allowing 514 yards without producing a turnover – which increased their average yards allowed per game average to 395.4; second highest among ACC schools.
Virginia Cavaliers are on a Quest for Redemption
Virginia struggles defensively against both runs and passes, allowing an average of 180.3 rushing yards per game and 215.1 passing yards per contest. Last week’s offensive output against Georgia Tech was also ineffective with only 351 total yards gained. Virginia faces the challenge of strengthening their rushing game averaging 120.2 yards per contest (second least in the ACC) while Malik Washington averages an impressive average of 126.9 receiving yards with 9.4 receptions per contest since his arrival last August; they need a more balanced approach offensively to match his talent if they hope to succeed this season.
Virginia Cavaliers quarterback duo has amassed 12 interceptions this season – the highest total in the ACC. At an average season point average of 23.1 per game, Virginia’s offensive might is greatly compromised against Louisville’s staunch defense.
Louisville Cardinals: Defensive Excellence and Offense Firepower
Louisville has been one of the nation’s dominant forces this season, suffering only one defeat against Pitt. They boast an excellent defense, allowing only 16.3 points per game – which ranks 13th nationally – while also holding opponents to only 285.2 yards per game (12th). Plus they excel at holding teams to only 888.8 rushing yards per game which ranks amongst the nation’s top 10.
Louisville continues its defensive prowess on defense by holding quarterbacks to only 53.5% completion rates and permitting only 196.4 passing yards per game, as well as boasting 23 sacks and 10 interceptions – an achievement amongst few others in college football.
Offensively, the Cardinals have been equally impressive, scoring an average of 32.9 points per game while at home their scoring increases to 40.4. Led by Jawhar Jordan’s 881 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, their ground game produces an impressive 1888 average yards per game; Jack Plummer adds his 252.0 passing yards per game connection frequently with Jamari Thrash who brings in 712 receiving yards into every contest.
Betting Odds: Louisville Cardinals -20.5 — Over/Under: 50.5
Louisville stands as an unstoppable contender in the Atlantic Coast Conference thanks to their balanced offensive attack and exceptional defense, respectively. If they manage to maintain ball security, Louisville should have no trouble scoring points against Virginia’s weak defensive unit.
As Virginia and #13 Louisville prepare to face off Thursday night in a match-up of distinct styles, both teams seek redemption and offensive equilibrium while Louisville prides itself on possessing a powerful defense and offensive attack, positioning itself as one of the premier teams in ACC.
Cavaliers Betting Trends
Virginia is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
Virginia is 2-10 SU in their last 12 games.
Cavaliers is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games against Louisville.
Virginia are 4-16 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
Virginia are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division division.
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Virginia’s last 15 games played in November.
Virginia are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games played in week 11.
Cardinals Betting Trends
Louisville are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisville’s last 5 games.
Louisville are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Louisville’s last 7 games against Virginia.
Louisville are 10-0 ATS in their last 10 games at home.
Louisville are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Cardinals are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Coastal Division division.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisville’s last 5 games played in November.
Louisville are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games played in week 11.
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Louisville’s last 20 games played on a Thursday.
Virginia Cavaliers vs Louisville Cardinals Betting Pick
Virginia will likely find success in this matchup by strengthening defensive vulnerabilities while creating a more effective offensive rhythm, while Louisville hopes to maintain its defensive dominance while unleashing its dynamic offensive arsenal.
Thursday night will bring another exciting ACC showdown, with both teams looking for an edge against Cardinal Stadium’s lights. Fans and bettors alike are looking forward to an intense and riveting battle right in the heart of ACC football. Take the Cardinals to win this game and cover the spread with the best sports betting sites on their side.