Louisville Betting Odds Preview
Louisville will go down in the history books as the last Big East football champion after earning a share of the title and the automatic BCS bid to the Sugar Bowl, where it stunned Florida 33-23 as a 14.5-point underdog. With a good chunk of talent back from that 11-2 SU squad it is little wonder that the Cardinals have been opened as prohibitive favorites to enter the history books again this season as the first ever American Athletic Conference champs.
Odds to Win AAC: 4/7 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 11 at Bovada
One thing that is for sure about Louisville this season is that it will open the year as the class of the AAC after being ranked No. 9 in the nation in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. The expectation level for Charlie Strong’s team is through the roof primarily because of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a defense that returns 10 of 11 starters from last year’s squad.
Bridgewater continues to build momentum as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate after throwing for 3,718 yards and 27 touchdowns last season while completing 68.5 percent of his passes. He also did a good job at taking care of the ball with just eight interceptions on the year. He lost a couple of targets from the passing game but his top two receivers DeVante Parker and Damian Copeland remain in the fold.
The defense will once again be anchored by linebacker Preston Brown and a tandem of talented safeties in Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor. All the Cardinals’ success on the field unfortunately did not translate to a big bankroll for anyone wagering on them with a 6-7 record against the spread last year. They were 4-7 ATS as a favorite and the total went OVER in seven of 12 games.
AAC Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 8
South Florida 33/1