Louisville Season Odds
(TheSpread) – The Louisville Cardinals clearly are the paper champion of the American Athletic Conference in its debut season, but will that lead them to a national title?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Louisville has been given 22/1 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Cardinals have also been given odds of -160 to win the American Athletic Conference and their over/under for wins this season have been set at 2013.
Charlie Strong is in his fourth season with Louisville and coming off an 11-2 season after going 7-6 in the first two years as head coach. The Cardinals return18 starters from the 2012 team as they embark in the first season of the American Athletic Conference.
On offense, Louisville was solid last year, averaging 31.2 points and 419 yards per game. This year’s offense will be led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who returns for his junior season after throwing for 3,716 yards and 27 touchdowns last year as a sophomore. Bridgewater is one of the top prospects to win the Heisman Trophy. He has been given 12/1 odds to win the award this year. Bridgewater has three of his top four receivers from 2012 and also has three starters back on the offensive line.
On defense, Louisville wasn’t great, but now awful in 2012. The Cardinals held opponents to 23.6 points and 340 total yards per game and they have 10 starters back for the upcoming season. Leading the group is linebacker Preston Brown, who had 109 tackles a year ago. The team also returns ends Marcus Smith and Lorenzo Mauldin, who combined for 8.5 sacks in 2012.
When breaking down the schedule, Louisville is seeking 11 wins over a max 13-game schedule if a bowl game is included. The Cardinals don’t have much difficulty in their non-conference schedule, as the team’s toughest foe is Kentucky on the road. Conference play features road games at Temple, South Florida, Connecticut and Cincinnati. Home conference games include Rutgers, Central Florida and Houston. With a light schedule, Louisville should be able to get to 10 wins, with 11 wins being a bit of a challenge.
For a look at the odds for the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – Louisville Cardinals
BCS National Champion Odds: 22/1
American Athletic Conference Championship Odds: -160
Win Total: Over/Under 10.5
Heisman Trophy Odds: QB Teddy Bridgewater 12/1