The Cardinals are at home once again and the college football odds are lopsided once again. Louisville will enter as a 39.5-point favorite, though those lines could move even more before kickoff on Saturday.
This Louisville Cardinals offense will be one to reckon with this season, but that defense isn't too shabby either. Check back later in the week to see what kind of total is put on the board by the oddsmakers.
Eastern Kentucky Colonels
The Colonels are coming off a successful 8-3 season in 2012, in which they lost only two of eight conference games in the Ohio Valley.
In what was their first season-opening win in over 12 years, Eastern Kentucky battered Robert Morris in a 38-6 victory this past weekend.
QB Jared McClain was 16-of-21 for 155 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 44 yards and two more scores in the easy win. Nathan Watts and Ike Ariguzo had the two receiving touchdowns, while junior running back Caleb Watkins also found paydirt.
In total, the Colonels had 401 yards offense, while Robert Morris was held to 232 total yards. Eastern Kentucky also forced two turnovers in the victory.
Nonetheless, playing someone like the Colonials isn't exactly the best kind of preparation for a powerhouse program like Louisville. The Colonels are going to have to play perfect football if they want any chance of avoiding a blowout inside Cardinal Stadium.
The Cardinals were dominant in all facets of the game, totaling 615 yards of offense and holding the Bobcats to 273 total yards. Louisville had 25 first downs overall and held the ball for just over 37 minutes. So far so good for Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals. They trounced Ohio 49-7 in their season opener and will be aiming for a similar performance against the Colonels.
Bridgewater was scarily efficient, despite throwing one interception. He was 23-of-28 for 355 yards and five touchdowns to put him in the driver's seat in the Heisman race after the first week. Kai De La Cruz and Damian Copeland had 214 receiving yards and four touchdown grabs between them.
The running game was working too. Though no single player had more than 58 yards, the Cardinals racked up 199 yards and a score on 40 carries, with Senorise Perry, Michael Dyer, and Dominique Brown standing out most.
Overall, it was a good opening for a Louisville team that's widely expected to challenge for another big-time bowl and potentially even a national championship.
College Football Pick
Eastern Kentucky played very well last weekend, but anything other than a blowout Louisville win on Saturday would come as a surprise.
Bridgewater seems to be playing with even more poise and confidence here in his junior season and we fully expect him to have his way with the Colonels.
But it's the balance of Louisville that should really worry the rest of the college football nation. Not only do they have arguably the best quarterback in the country leading their offense, Charlie Strong has his team playing some inspired defense as well. The team ranked in the top 25 in total defense in 2012 and should be a tough unit to score on again this season.
So, with our college football picks, we are taking on some humungous chalk and siding with Bridgewater and the Cardinals to cruise again this weekend.
Pick: Louisville Cardinals -39.5