Louisville Season Odds

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LOUISVILLE, KY (TheSpread) – Bobby Petrino has taken the Louisville Cardinals to great heights before. Will he lead them to a championship in the 2015 season?

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According to oddsmakers at GTBets, Louisville has been given 100/1 odds to win the college football playoffs in the upcoming season. The Cardinals are currently listed with odds of +850 to win the ACC Championship and their over/under total for wins is listed at 7.5 games.

Petrino is entering his second year of his second stint as head coach at Louisville. He went 9-4 in 2014 and 5-3 in the ACC in his first year back with the program. Petrino coached the team from 2003-06 where he went 41-9 in four seasons, winning two conference titles in the process.

Louisville wasn’t quite the powerful offense it was under Petrino before in 2014, but still was solid. The team averaged 31.2 points and just under 400 yards per game. The key to the team was its defense, which held opponents to just 21.8 points per contest. The team used four different quarterbacks throughout 2014, but Reggie Bonnafon is expected to be the starter this season. He threw for 864 yards with five touchdowns while rushing for 164 yards and five scores a year ago, but he had a solid spring to earn the gig. While Louisville returns its leading rusher from 2014 in Brandon Radcliff, the team will have to replace leading receiver DeVante Parker.

Louisville starts the season with a big test, as it hosts Auburn on Sept. 5. It then welcomes Houston, Clemson and Samford to town before getting strictly into ACC play. Other conference home games aside from Clemson include Boston College, Syracuse and Virginia. It then hit the road to face N.C. State, Florida State, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh. Louisville then closes the year at Kentucky in the rivalry non-conference game. If the Cardinals can beat Auburn and Clemson to start the year, then anything is possible. Louisville’s offense should be much improved, but their defense could take a step back as a result. They are certainly a dark horse in the title picture.

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