Louisville vs. Georgia Tech kicks off this Friday at 7:30pm EST in Atlanta as a home game for the Yellow Jackets. The Cardinals are currently a -7.5 favorite and -310 on the moneyline. The total, meanwhile, is set at 48.5. Read on for more Louisville vs. Georgia Tech best bets and predictions as Louisville is in a good position to cover the spread.
Louisville Vs. Georgia Tech Prediction & Best Bet
With the ACC getting rid of divisions, the path to the conference championship has gotten much easier for Louisville now that they are no longer under Clemson’s shadow. The conference championship will now feature the top two finishing teams in the standings instead of the winner from each division. As one of the most popular win total overs, expectations are high for the new look Cardinals.
While a quarterback change usually means a team will go through a rough patch to start the season, Louisville is in a position to succeed right out of the gate. They bring in California’s Jack Plummer from the transfer portal, instantly plugging him in as their starter. Plummer’s stats show he is a middling quarterback at best, but he gives them more of a dynamic downfield threat than what they have been accustomed to.
What’s more interesting is that Jack Plummer is a former quarterback for new Louisville head coach Jeff Brohm. This makes it an easy transition, as well as giving the Cardinals a beefed-up pass attack that will mirror what we saw from Purdue the past few years. Any sort of pass production will go a long way in improving the rest of the offense as this opens up holes for their ground game.
It will be intriguing to see how Brohm balances the pass and ground game early in the season. While Georgia Tech doesn’t exactly do many things right, they did do a good job at limiting opposing pass success. They ranked 52nd in Def Pass Success Rate and 56th in Def Pass Explosiveness.
Louisville Vs. Georgia Tech Odds
With a revamped offense that is gaining a more stable pass attack under Plummer, oddsmakers believe this is Louisville’s game to lose as they opened the Cardinals as a -7.5 favorite. Bettors have been in agreement, backing the Cardinals up to as high as -8.5 in some shops. With Georgia Tech’s defense in a bad position to limit the new Louisville versatile attack, then we may see this spread continue to rise as we near kickoff.
As for the total, points are expected to be scored at a quick pace as oddsmakers opened the number at 51. Bettors are tempering their expectations of points being put on the board by betting the under down to 48.5 as of writing. With the Cardinals expected to lean on the run early on, that drains precious time off the clock. Georgia Tech also serves as no offensive threat, struggling to generate any sort of prolonged drive down the field.
Louisville Vs. Georgia Tech Key Matchups
Can the Cardinals Jawhar Jordan find success on the ground in his first game of the season? How will Haynes King fare at his new home?
Jawhar Jordan vs Georgia Tech Front Seven
Expecting Louisville to lean on the run while Plummer gets integrated with his weapons, the Cardinals will be in a favorable position to consistently move the ball down the field. Georgia Tech was one of the worst rush defenses in football last year, ranking a lowly 116th in Def Rush Success Rate.
They will have a hard time bringing down Jawhar Jordan once he gets to the second level of the defense as he is an explosive type back who averaged 5.7 yards per carry last season. He lost a considerable amount of carries to his former quarterback Malik Cunningham, now getting the chance to shine as a true starting running back.
A New Sheriff in Town
It wasn’t exactly a productive season for former Texas A&M quarterback Haynes King as he finished last year throwing for 1,220 yards, seven touchdowns, and six interceptions. He now gets a chance to reset as he hit that transfer portal and landed at Georgia Tech.
Just because he found a new home doesn’t mean he is guaranteed to find any sort of newfound success. Georgia Tech’s offense was as brutal as it gets, ranking 113th in Off Pass Success and 130th in Off Pass PPA. With a tendency to throw into dangerous situations, King will have a hard time converting with receivers who struggle to create separation.