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College Football Week 3 Picks: Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Jeff GrantContributor INovember 29, 2016

College Football Week 3 Picks: Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats

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    The Kentucky Wildcats have gained over 200 yards passing and rushing in consecutive games for the first time since 2010, which can't be ignored when making your college football Week 3 picks on Saturday as they prepare to host the Louisville Cardinals at Commonwealth Stadium.

    Sports bettors will find that the Wildcats are 13-point home underdogs in the NCAA football odds, with the betting total sitting at 59.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this in-state rivalry from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way. 

     

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum 

Louisville Cardinals

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    The Louisville Cardinals will hit the road for the first time this season after picking up a pair of blowout victories at home over Eastern Kentucky (44-7) and Ohio (49-7).

    College football handicappers will find that the Cardinals are 0-2 against the spread as road favorites of 10.5 to 14 points over the last two-plus seasons.  

Kentucky Wildcats

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    The Kentucky Wildcats picked up their first win in the Mark Stoops era last Saturday, earning a 41-7 victory over Miami (Ohio) as 17.5-point home favorites.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Wildcats are 0-9 straight up and against the spread as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half, as the Louisville Cardinals are 7-10-1 against the spread as favorites since 2011.

     

    College Football Pick: Kentucky Wildcats +7 First Half

     

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