September 28, 2022

Preview|Florida State at Louisville Friday, September 16, 2022

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Florida State at Louisville
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, September 16, 2022
Where: Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky
Current Line: America’s Bookie Florida State (-2.5) O/U (56)

The Florida State Seminoles are one win away from their best start since 2015.

OK, that’s just three wins, but they will try to make it happen Friday night when they travel to Louisville, Ky., to face the Cardinals. It’s the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for Florida State; Louisville already has one conference loss.

The Seminoles (2-0, 0-0 ACC) are coming off a bye week, which followed one of their biggest wins in recent memory when they beat LSU, 24-23, in New Orleans on Sept. 4. That, on the heels of a 47-7 rout of Duquesne, gave Florida State back-to-back victories to open a season for the first time in coach Mike Norvell’s three seasons in Tallahassee.

Florida State lost its first six September games under Norvell — two in 2020 and four in 2021.

Louisville (1-1, 0-1 ACC) will be playing its home opener after recording a 20-14 victory at UCF following a 31-7 season-opening loss at Syracuse. The Cardinals’ defense came up with three clutch stops in the final six minutes to hold off the Knights.

“I mean, you think about it, if you go into the Florida State game sitting there 0-2, I mean, that’s not going to be good at all,” Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said. “But to have some confidence to know, ‘Hey, we played well and the way we wanted and now we’ve got to go have a good week.'”

Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham has yet to throw a touchdown pass this season but ran for one last week against UCF, when he posted 121 yards rushing and 195 passing. Against Syracuse, Cunningham threw two interceptions and was held to only 34 yards rushing.

Last season against Florida State, Cunningham completed 25 of 39 passes for 264 yards and accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) as the Cardinals built a 24-point lead and held on for a 31-23 victory.

“He’s such an electric player,” Norvell said. “He’s got a great arm, he can push the ball down the field, and very accurate in the vertical passing game.”

Florida State’s defense has allowed 256 yards per game, which ranks second in the ACC and 19th in the nation.

On offense, the Seminoles lost starting right tackle Bless Harris to a season-ending undisclosed injury. He is the second Florida State offensive lineman to be lost for the season after Kayden Lyles was injured during the preseason.

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Trends

Florida State are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida State’s last 6 games.
Florida State are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Florida State are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Louisville.
Florida State are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against Louisville.
Florida State are 2-14 SU in their last 16 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida State’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Louisville.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida State’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
Florida State are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division division.
Florida State are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games played in September.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Louisville’s last 8 games against Florida State.
Louisville are 12-6 SU in their last 18 games at home.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisville’s last 5 games when playing at home against Florida State.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisville’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
Louisville are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division division.
Louisville are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games played in week 3.
Louisville are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games played on a Friday when playing at home.

ATBForum Prediction: The Seminoles (-2.5)

The Seminoles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cardinals are 12-28-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. The under is 6-0 in Seminoles last 6 games overall. The over is 11-5 in Cardinals last 16 home games. The Seminoles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

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