This week, college football action features the Syracuse Orange getting on the road to meet the Louisville Cardinals in a Week 12 matchup, happening on November 20, 2020. The game will officially begin by 7:00 PM ET at the Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. This game will be televised by the ESPN Sports TV Channel, and will be held in strict accordance with the COVID-19 regulations.
Both teams are entering the game with the hope of redemption after recurrent losses, the Louisville Cardinals with a 2-6 overall record and the Syracuse Orange with a 1-7 record.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Syracuse Orange Betting Odds
Odds via FanDuel as of Thursday, November 19 (3:20 pm ET)
Money Line: Louisville Cardinals -1200 | Syracuse Orange +680 (at FanDuel)
Point Spread: Louisville Cardinals -18.5 (-112) | Chicago Bears +18.5 (-108) (at FanDuel)
Total Over/Under: Over 56.5 (-110) | Under 56.5 (-110) (at FanDuel)
Can the Syracuse Orange offense take on the Cardinals Defense?
This season, the Syracuse offense has been quite disappointing, ranking 106th in passing yards per game with 177.8 average and 119th in rushing yards per game, having rushed for only 86.0 yards per contest, and hold a record of 18.3 points per game. The Syracuse Orange team has lost all of their five most recent games, the last being the game against the Boston College Eagles, which ended in a 16-13 loss.
Season leader in passing yards, quarterback Tommy DeVito, passing 593 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, will not be playing in this matchup, as he is out for the season. However, he will be replaced by freshman Jacobian Morgan. Morgan is looking good with a respectable 188 yards of passing with 1 touchdown and an interception from his first game. Lead rusher Sean Tucker has had 82 carries for 414 yards and 3 touchdowns this season, while wide receiver Taj Harris is leading the receiving lineup with 36 reception for 507 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Syracuse Oranges on defense are ranked 86th in the CFB tables, allowing their opponents an average of 31.1 points per game, 240.73 in passing yards and 223.63 in rushing yards, totaling 464.38 yards per game.
The Syracuse team has some of its star players unavailable for the game on Friday, including QB Tommy DeVito who is certainly out for the season, backup QB Rex Culpepper (questionable), OL Patrick Davis (questionable), DB Eric Coley (questionable), DL Tyrell Richards (questionable), and OL Dakota Davis (questionable).
Malik Cunningham and the Louisville Cardinals, the Favorites to Win
The Louisville Cardinals are entering this matchup having lost 4 out of their five recent matches. Their last game against the Virginia Cavaliers ended in a 31-17 defeat, with junior QB Malik Cunningham passing for 161 yards with 1 interception and no touchdowns. Cunningham also led the rushing fore line with 20 carries for 197 yards with 2 touchdowns.
The Louisville offense has not been so great this season, but Malik has been quite exceptional, passing 1,907 yards with 15 touchdowns and 9 interceptions this season. The team has 239.0 passing yards per game, ranking 59th in the 1st Division, and 201.6 rushing yards per game, totaling 440.6 yards per game, ranking 38th in the tables. The Louisville Cardinals have gained an average of 27.9 points per game, ranking 68th in the division.
On defense, the Cardinals averaged 29.8 points per game conceded, ranking the team at 80th on the division tables. The team has allowed an average of 195.63 in passing yards, 196.50 in rushing yards totaling 392.13 yards average allowed per game.
Some Louisville Cardinal players will be unavailable for the game on Friday due to injuries, and health conditions, including RB Hassan Hall (questionable), DB Chandler Jones (questionable), DL Derek Dorsey (probable), WR Chatarius Atwell (questionable), and DL Tabarius Peterson diagnosed with COVID-19 (probable).
The season looks bleak for the Syracuse Oranges, and the team’s offense has performed poorly this season. However, there is a ray of sunshine in the freshman quarterback Jacobian Morgan, who looks promising and, with the right coaching, will develop significantly. Meanwhile, the Louisville Cardinals though having performed not so great this season, look strong with Malik Cunningham, who has thrown 38 touchdowns in his career.