As we head into conference championship weekend, the playoff picture is somewhat clear. MyBookie Sportsbook Regular Season Football Betting Preview | ACC Championship Odds #15 Louisville Cardinals vs #4 Florida State Seminoles
The teams currently sitting in the top 4 are all in their respective conference finals, so all they need to do is win and things will stay as they are now. That’s a rather simple assessment, though, as the teams taking part in these big games who have no shot at the playoffs will still want to play their part of shaping the future. That is the scenario we are looking at with the ACC Championship Game this weekend, with the Louisville Cardinals looking to spoil the party for the Florida State Seminoles, a team that will be in the playoffs with a win. These games have a tendency to be somewhat unpredictable, so we are not taking this one for granted. The bookies have this one as being close, with the Seminoles in as a 2 ½ point favorite. The O/U is set at 48.5
Louisville Cardinals Vs Florida State Seminoles ACC Championship Game Info
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
A loss to the Pitt Panthers earlier in the season hurt the Louisville Cardinals, but it was their lone loss in conference play, which is why they are in this game. The bigger picture was not so bright, though, as that loss, as well as the weakness of the conference as a whole, took them out of the playoff picture. That fate was sealed with a loss to Kentucky in the final week of the season, which is something that they are going to need to get over very quickly heading into the Conference Championship Game. There is reason to believe they can shale it off and bounce back, as that is what the Cardinals did after losing to Pitt, winning 4 in a row to punch their ticket into this game. They will also need to tighten up on the defensive side of the football to get the win here.
Florida State Seminoles
In a perfect world, going unbeaten in the regular season should be enough to get into the postseason, but losing in the Conference Championship Game can mean the end of that dream. I believe that is where the Seminoles are right now, as their chances of making the top 4 seem slim if they lose this one, especially when you look at the caliber of the other teams in the hunt. The Seminoles have had some close calls along the way this season, as well as having a schedule that is perhaps not as impressive as some of the other teams they are trying to beat out to be in the playoffs. It’s all rather simple for Florida State, though, as they will be in if they can take out the Cardinals on Saturday night.
Louisville Cardinals Vs Florida State Panthers: Team Stats & Betting Trends
The ultimate goal for every team in college football is to win a National Championship, but as we head into Conference Championship weekend, the number of teams in with a shot at winning it all is down to about 7 or 8 teams. 4 of those teams are very much in control of their own destiny, as the current top 4 are all set to take part in their respective conference games. The simple fact of the matter is that if those 4 teams win, they are all in, but just one of them losing might well set of a chain of events that will make things a little more difficult for the Playoff Committee. The Florida State Seminoles are one of the teams sitting in the top 4, with a win over the Louisville Cardinals this weekend enough to ensure that they will go to the playoffs. The bookies see this as a tight one, though, with the Seminoles favored by just 2 ½. The O/U is set at 68.
Louisville Cardinals Stats and Trends
The Cardinals did not have the best prep for this game, losing their final matchup of the regular season to Kentucky. Still, the job was already done in terms of the conference, so perhaps they can be excused for looking ahead to this one. The Cardinals have a balanced attack, averaging 255 YPG through the air and 183 YPG on the ground. They have scored 33 PPG and given up 20 PPG, although that latter number has been on the rise over the last couple of weeks.
The Cardinals were able to bounce back after losing to Pitt earlier in the season, winning 4 in a row after that loss. They will need to do the same after last week’s loss to Kentucky. This team has won 11 of their last 13 overall, as well as being 8-1 SU in their last 9 conference games. Against the Seminoles, Louisville has covered in 5 of the last 7 meetings, as well as going 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The OVER has hit in 4 of the last 6 for the Cardinals.
Florida State Seminoles Stats and Trends
With each passing week and each win, the pressure has been mounting on the Seminoles as they look to maintain their spot in the top 4. They have passed each of those tests, including a scrappy win over the Florida Gators to close out the regular season. Florida State is much like Louisville in that they have a balanced attack, averaging 276 YPG through the air and 156 YPG on the ground, while scoring 38 PPG, which has them in the top 10 in that category. They are giving up just shy of 17 PPG, which has them just outside the top 10.
The Seminoles have now won 11 in a row versus teams from the ACC, which includes 5 in a row versus the Atlantic Division. They are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games, with the OVER hitting in 7 of their last 9 versus Louisville. They have also seen 6 of the last 8 in the month of December go OVER the point total.
College Football Score Prediction
I think the bookies have this right in terms of the spread, as I do believe that we are looking at a close game in this one. I think that the Seminoles will edge it, just covering the spread in the process. I am also on the UNDER in this game.
Louisville Cardinals 30, Florida State Seminoles 33
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