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Syracuse vs. Louisville: Cardinals open as 13-point favorites & line keeps rising

The Syracuse Orange offense put on a show Friday night when they racked up 437 passing yards and cruised to a 33-7 victory over the Colgate Raiders. While there were still plenty of question marks and concerns, it was clear that the 2016 version of the SU offense is going to be way more exciting than anything we’ve seen in years past.

That said, the Louisville Cardinals looked five times better. The Cardinals opened their season with a 70-14 decimation of the Charlotte 49ers. Quarterback Lamar Jackson scored eight total touchdowns (six by air, two by ground) in the first half (!!!) before Bobby Petrino called off the dogs. Honestly, the Cardinals probably could have scored 100 if they wanted to. They outgained Charlotte 659 yards to 208 and converted 38 first downs to Charlotte’s 12. Charlotte never converted a third down the entire game.

And so, let it be no surprise that the Cardinals will come into the Carrier Dome this week as heavy favorites. Oddshark started them out as 13-point favorites and as of Sunday afternoon they’re already up to 14.5.

Syracuse might be able to put some points up given the abilities of guys like Amba Etta-Tawo, Steve Ishmael, and Ervin Phillips but it’s a very tall order to ask them to keep pace with what Louisville can do. We’re better than Charlotte, but, well, our defense has it’s work cut out for it.

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1. Almost everybody is back

Not going to lie: I was having doubts. When a coach with the points-happy reputation of Bobby Petrino starts a new job, you just assume it’s only going to take him so long to figure things out. That’s his track record.

  • He took over as Utah State offensive coordinator in 1995, and the Aggies rose from 19 points per game to 26.6 in his first year and 30 in his second.
  • He took over as Louisville’s coordinator in 1998, and the Cardinals immediately rose from 22.3 points per game to 39.4.
  • In his one year as Auburn’s coordinator in 2002, the Tigers improved from 21.2 points per game to 29.8.
  • In his first head coaching gig at Louisville in 2003, the Cardinals jumped from 28.8 points per game to 34.6 in year one, then 49.8 in year two.
  • At Arkansas, he needed a year. His first Razorbacks offense, painfully young, averaged just 21.9 points per game. His second averaged 36. At WKU, he made massive changes and still upgraded the scoring from 28.2 points per game to 30.8.

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The college football season is underway — and just minutes into the first quarter of the contest between Louisville and Charlotte, site Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for a 36-yard touchdown to give his team the lead.

After a brief celebration, Jackson headed over to the sideline bench to consult with the coaching staff and was joined by wide receiver Traveon Samuel.

They sat next to each other.

The result was absolute perfection:

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