Jeff Brohm has arrived in Louisville and he’s bringing some people with him. Both coaches and some players followed Brohm back to Louisville, where he was born and played college football. The expectations for the Cardinals are high this season after Brohm led Purdue to the Big Ten championship game last year. But meeting those expectations his first year with the Cardinals might be tough. The Louisville Cardinals future odds show a team expected to be a factor in the Atlantic Coast Conference and win eight games.
|Odds to Win||Opening Odds||Current Odds|
|Regular Season Win Total||7.5 (o-120, u+100)||8.0 (o-120, u-110)|
|To Make Playoffs (if applicable)||N/A||N/A|
Louisville Hits Transfer Portal for Skill Players
Louisville’s new quarterback will be new to Cardinal fans, but not new to Brohm. California graduate transfer Jack Plummer, who played four seasons under Brohm at Purdue, is the new starter. At Purdue, Plummer threw for 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in three seasons. Last year at Cal, Plummer threw for 21 touchdowns and was intercepted eight times.
He’s not the only quarterback from Purdue now at Louisville. Brady Allen transferred to the Cardinals, as did UNLV’s Harrison Bailey. And the Cardinals have a few quarterbacks who are holdovers. Louisville should be much better than the No. 96 passing efficiency of last season.
Most of the wide receivers are coming from the transfer portal, including Georgia State’s Jamari Thrash, who had 1,122 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Freshman tight end Jamari Johnson was one of the team’s top recruits and has an opportunity to step in right away.
The running back tandem of Jawhar Jordan and Maurice Turner is solid and they’ll be running behind what should be a good offensive line. Among a couple of returners, Louisville is bringing in Purdue tackle Eric Miller, along with Virginia guard John Paul Flores.
Defensively, the Cardinals were solid, but will be switching from a 4-3 to a 4-2-5. Louisville’s top linebackers have departed. But the secondary should be a big team strength. The Cardinals had a fair number of players coming back, but added more players through the transfer portal.
The Cardinals were No. 1 in the nation last year in sacks, with returning sophomore Ashton Gillotte notching six of them. Louisville held teams to 19.2 points per game last year. That number will be hard to duplicate, but the Cardinals should be pretty close to it once again.
National Championship Odds: Cardinals Not Quite There
The Louisville Cardinals future odds of +20000 to win the national title shows a team that’s pretty good. But they also show a team that isn’t quite ready to compete with the powerhouse teams in college football.
Conference Odds: Louisville Has Favorable Schedule
The Louisville Cardinals future odds of +1000 are half of what they were last year when the Cardinals went 4-4 in conference and 8-5 overall. Last season the Cardinals lost to both Florida State and Clemson. This year, the NCAA football schedule is a little more kind to the Cardinals. Louisville misses both FSU and Clemson and that alone should improve their finish in the NCAA football standings.
But the Cardinals do play some pretty decent ACC teams on the road, including NC State, Miami and Pittsburgh. None of those are what you can call definite wins. The home conference schedule is pretty good, with the likes of Duke, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Boston College. Louisville will likely have to go 3-1 on the road in the NCAA football scores to have a shot at the conference title.
Regular Season Wins: Reaching Eight Wins Won’t be Easy
The Cardinals have seen their season win total move from 7.5 to 8. For those betting for against the Cardinals, it’s a huge move. Louisville now has to win nine games for the over bet to be a winner, while those betting the under will push if the Cardinals go 8-4 instead of losing.
Louisville’s schedule will also help with this bet. The Cardinals have home games against Murray State and Indiana, which should be wins. The conference home schedule has four very winnable games for Louisville. The non-conference home slate also features Notre Dame and Kentucky, which are two tough games.
Louisville’s fate will once again be determined by how the team fares in its conference road games. The Cardinals are going to have to come away with a few victories for the win total over bet to cash. The Cardinals are a decent team, but the under 8 offers a little more value than the over.
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