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How and what to watch for Louisville vs. Virginia

The Cardinals and Cavaliers will play each other on Saturday after having this game postponed last week.

Malik Cunningham #3 of the Louisville Cardinals throws a pass against the Florida State Seminoles at Cardinal Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

After having this game postponed last week due to positive COVID-19 tests, the Louisville Cardinals will be taking on the Virginia Cavaliers Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in Charlottesville, VA.

The last time we saw Louisville play, they lost 42-35 to the Virginia Tech Hokies at home on Halloween. Louisville’s defense, which was without eight players due to COVID-19, could not slow down the Hokies’ rushing attack. Running back Khalil Herbert led the way with 147 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. Meanwhile, quarterback Hendon Hooker added 68 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He was also a perfect 10-of-10 with 183 passing yards.

Offensively, Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham completed 23-of-35 passes for 350 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. He also had 47 rushing yards. This season, the junior quarterback is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 1,746 yards, 15 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. On Saturday, he’ll be facing a Virginia Cavaliers’ defense that is giving up 312.2 passing yards per game this season.

As for those Cavaliers, they pulled off a 44-41 upset victory over the UNC Tar Heels on Halloween. The Cavaliers’ defense got ripped to shreds by UNC quarterback Sam Howell to the tune of 443 yards and four touchdowns. However, Virginia’s offense responded as quarterback Brennan Armstrong completed 12-of-22 passes for 208 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. He was also the team’s second-leading rusher with 66 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. The Cavaliers will be looking to win this game on the ground as Louisville’s run defense is horrendous. This season they are giving up 201.6 yards per game, but they can hold their own against the pass.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Louisville vs. Virginia on Saturday, November 14th at 3:30 p.m. ET on the ACC Network, or you can stream via the ESPN app or with a cable or streaming service login that has the channel.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Louisville vs. Virginia (-3.5)
Point Total: 66.5
Money line: Louisville (+135) vs. Virginia (-165)

  • Louisville is 1-5 straight up in its last six games.
  • The point total went under in five of Louisville’s last seven games this season.
  • Virginia is 5-2 against the spread in its last seven games.
  • The point total went under in 11 of Virginia’s last 12 games.

Betting splits

Louisville: (73% of handle, 67% percent of bets)
Virginia: (27% of handle, 33% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

These two teams were suppose to play each other last week. But due to some positive COVID-19 tests, they rescheduled it for Saturday. The last time we saw both of these teams on Halloween, UVA came up with a 44-41 win over UNC and Louisville lost 42-35 to Va Tech. So what should we expect on Saturday afternoon between these two ACC foes? It’s hard to say because Louisville’s offense has not been spectacular on the road, scoring 18 points per game. But UVA’s defense at home has not been good either, allowing 33 points per game.

Pick: Louisville (+3.5)

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