Louisville Football Odds: Will Jeff Brohm Propel Cardinals To New Heights?

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Written By Eli Hershkovich | Last Updated
Louisville Football Odds

Scott Satterfield arrived in the Bluegrass State after an exceptional six-year stretch at Appalachian State. He then guided the Cardinals to three bowl games in four seasons but was not liked by much of the fanbase. Louisville’s favorite son Jeff Brohm now takes over, following the former Purdue coach reaching the 2022 Big Ten title game. So what should bettors expect from Louisville football betting odds in Brohm’s first season as the head coach of his alma mater?

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Before assessing the Cardinals’ skill-position talent, the more imperative variable pertains to their schedule. To put it frankly, Brohm & Co. won the lottery. They’re the lone ACC program that avoids Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina in the 2023 regular season. This trio just so happens to have the shortest odds to win the conference — with the Tigers anchored atop the odds board at .

If Louisville takes care of business early on, it may very well wind up 5-0 before a two-game stretch against Notre Dame at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium before traveling to Pitt. The Cardinals subsequently return home to face Duke, Virginia Tech, and Virginia. They wrap up the regular season with a trip to Miami and a home game against non-conference rival Kentucky.

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Hence, their win total of — albeit at plus money — shouldn’t come as a surprise. But could they exceed that number? Caesars Sportsbook has an alternative win total set at a flat nine victories. The over is priced at +220.

Heaps Of Upside Under Brohm

Louisville just barely manufactured a top-100 passing efficiency across D-I last season. Despite the lack of camaraderie, with a collection of fresh faces, the offense should operate more proficiently through the air in 2023.

Enter journeyman Jack Plummer, a former Purdue quarterback under Brohm who most recently accrued his best (and healthiest) season yet at Cal. Keep in mind, Brohm runs an inside zone scheme in 11 personnel, which would theoretically take time to adapt to. The new-look unit features tailback Jawhar Jordan, too, who averaged 3.3 yards after contact as a redshirt sophomore.

Ex-Georgia State wideout Jamari Thrash is the most experienced and dangerous weapon in Plummer’s receiving corps, but don’t forget that tight ends play a vital role in Brohm’s offenses. He’ll rely on 6-5, 260-pound star recruit Jamari Johnson to fill that void.

On the other side of the ball, Brohm brings over Ron English from West Lafayette, Ind. to oversee the defense. While the Cardinals lost key pieces in the front seven, their secondary received plenty of assistance. Storm Duck (North Carolina) and Marquis Groves-Killibrew (Texas A&M) will team up with Cardinal star Jarvis Brownlee (67 tackles, two picks, and 12 pass breakups) at cornerback.

There’s also Cam’Ron Kelly (Virginia), Devin Neal (Baylor), and Gilbert Frierson (Miami), making an already sturdy safety group even better around veteran Josh Minkins.

What Do The Projections Say?

Kelley Ford, TheLines.com contributor and college football podcast co-host, has Louisville projected for five conference wins. That would be equivalent to a third-place tie in the ACC standings. However, his KFord preseason ratings have UofL favored in seven games, with two others showing spreads of less than three points (at NC State, vs. Kentucky).

TheLines.com lead college football writer Brett Gibbons notes in our ACC Football Preview, “What may need time to develop earlier on is the defense. The Cardinals return 54% of their roster production from last year and are shifting from a 4-3 to a 4-2-5.”

Best of luck with your wager(s) on Louisville football odds.

KENTUCKY SPORTS BETTING NEWS

As college football bettors put a bow on their futures portfolios, there is positive news for the Bluegrass State. Online Kentucky sports betting will go live on Sept. 28. If you’re a resident or even just visiting, here are the latest wagering regulations to be aware of. For one, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will only accept bets on sporting events. Online operators are therefore unable to offer award-centric markets, such as Heisman Trophy odds.

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