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With this being the opening week of the 2012 college football season and the NFL not set to begin until next Wednesday, this weekend has been delegated to the likes of college football. And NCAA football takes center stage on Sunday as the No. 25 Louisville Cardinals take on in-state rival Kentucky while SMU takes on Baylor.
Louisville is the only ranked team in action Sunday and lofty goals have been set for the Cardinals this season as they are the favorite to win the Big East this year. But they get their season going in a hurry as they face a young SEC team in Kentucky.
While Louisville does return starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, they are still young on both sides of the ball with only nine seniors. But the same goes for Kentucky as well.
The Wildcats will bring a squad to Louisville that features 26 players who are either redshirt freshman or sophomores. However, they too return experience at quarterback as Maxwell Smith will look to build off his eight-game experience from last season.
Louisville is going to enter the game as 14-point favorites in Bovada Sportsbook’s College Football Betting Lines. The OVER/UNDER in points is set at 42.
Baylor is entering the 2012 college football season with a totally different look. Robert Griffin III has bolted to the NFL and many wonder how they can equal the offensive performance from a year ago.
They probably can’t but they should still be ok. The question is whether or not their defense has shown any signs of improvement from where they left off last season as they gave up 620 yards in their Alamo Bowl win over Washington. But eight starters return from that defense and have shown great signs of improvement leading up to the season opener.
Bovada has installed Baylor as 9-point favorites over SMU with the OVER/UNDER set at 58.
The Kentucky-Louisville matchup is set for 3:30 pm ET while SMU and Baylor have their kickoff set for 6:30 pm.