Louisville Cardinals football odds are currently available at sportsbooks. Louisville (-3.5) plays at NC State this Friday night. Below we will cover Louisville football odds, including win totals, ACC odds, schedule, and more. Kentucky legal sports betting is expanding rapidly in 2023, giving its residents increased opportunities to bet the Cardinals.
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Louisville is a favorite over NC State in Week 5. The Cardinals are playing this season under an entirely new coaching staff, spearheaded by alum Jeff Brohm. Brohm brings Purdue and Cal transfer Jack Plummer to take over for a departed Malik Cunningham at quarterback. Plummer is familiar with the Brohm offensive system and the offense, also headlined by running back Jawhar Jordan, should hit the ground running.
The defense may need time to adjust under a new 4-2-5 system. Luckily for the Cards, Georgia Tech poses little offensive prowess. The Yellow Jackets finished 125th in points per drive, but do add Texas A&M transfer QB Haynes King.
Though this game is played in Atlanta, it’s at neutral site Mercedes-Benz Stadium rather than at Georgia Tech’s home venue. The point total for this game is set at .
Expected Louisville win rate: 73.9%
Louisville Football National Title Odds
The best college football betting sites have Louisville with longshot odds to win the National Championship this year. Under the current format, a small handful of teams each year have a realistic chance at making the CFP: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, and a few others. For the other 120-odd teams, a Playoff berth would be program-changing.
Beginning in 2024, the CFP expands from four teams to 12 and Louisville football national title odds will benefit greatly. In the current landscape of college football postseason football, Louisville’s success would be nine wins and a New Year’s Six Bowl.
Louisville Football ACC Odds
Despite almost a complete rebuild, Louisville is right in the mix for the ACC. The program won eight games last season and have the foundation for a competitive team in the newly-formatted conference. Gone are divisions, which means Louisville must run through Florida State and Clemson to win a conference championship. Louisville ACC odds currently stand at .
One of the Cardinals’ biggest advantages this season is avoiding arguably the three teams to beat in the ACC during the regular season: Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina. Their overall schedule – which includes Indiana, Murray State, and Kentucky outside of league play – is the third-easiest in the ACC (66th-ranked nationally).
Louisville Football Win Total
Sportsbooks line Louisville for an optimistic wins in their first season under Brohm. Our numbers project for 6.8, although projecting a team comprised of seven offensive transfers (including QB) is a difficult task.
Louisville Football Roster
The Cardinals’ roster heading into 2023 has more than its fair share of transfers. On offense, potentially the top five target leaders this season could be transfers, as well as starting QB Jack Plummer. Just two starters return, both along the offensive line. On the other side of the football, Louisville brings back six defensive starters on a unit that allowed the 13th-fewest points per drive a season ago.
Who is the Louisville football head coach?
Jeff Brohm enters his first season as Louisville’s head football coach. At Purdue, his last stop, Brohm went 36-34, but turned the Boilermarkers from a three-win disaster into Big Ten West champions by 2022.
Who is the QB for Louisville football?
Jack Plummer likely assumes the starting duties over incumbent backup Brock Dormann. Plummer began his college career with Brohm at Purdue, but transferred to Cal, where he started last season. He threw for over 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns in an offense that finished just 89th in points per drive.
Projected offensive starters
Returning starters in bold
Transfers in italics
- QB: Jack Plummer
- RB: Jawhar Jordan
- WR: Jamari Thrash
- WR: Jadon Thompson
- SLOT: Kevin Coleman
- TE: Jamari Johnson
- OT: Eric Miller
- OG: John Paul Flores
- C: Bryan Hudson
- OG: Michael Gonzalez
- OT: Renato Brown
Projected defensive starters
Returning starters in bold
Transfers in italics
- DL: Ashton Gillotte
- DL: Dezmond Tell
- DL: Ramon Puryear
- APEX: Stephen Herron
- LB: Jackson Hamilton
- LB: Jaylin Alderman
- LB: Benjamin Perry
- CB: Jarvis Brownlee Jr.
- CB: Quincy Riley
- SAF: Josh Minkins
- SAF: MJ Griffin
Cardinals football schedule 2023
Times below in ET.
|9/1||vs. Georgia Tech||7:30 p.m.|
|9/7||Murray State||7:30 p.m.|
|9/16||vs. Indiana||12:00 p.m.|
|9/29||at NC State||7:00 p.m.|
Week 1 vs. Georgia Tech at Mercedes-Benz Superdome (Atlanta, Ga.)
Week 3 vs. Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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How to bet on the Cardinals
The moneyline is the most simple bet to make. Betting on the moneyline is betting on a straight-up winner for the game. Consider the following example:
- Louisville -300
- Georgia Tech +250
Louisville is a large favorite over Georgia Tech, indicated by -300. On the moneyline, favored teams are indicated by a minus number while underdogs are indicated by a plus number. In order to win $100, a bettor would need to lay $300 on Louisville to win. If a bettor laid a successful $100 on Georgia Tech, they would win $250. In both instances, a successful bet also returns the initial wager.
Betting on the point spread takes things one step further. Instead of just picking a winner, the point spread indicates by how much a team is projected to win or lose by. For example:
- Louisville -2.5 (-110)
- NC State +2.5 (-110)
Louisville is favored by 2.5 points over NC State, indicated by -2.5. In order for a bet on the Cardinals to win, they would need to win by three or more points; a successful bet on NC State means the Wolfpack lost by two or fewer points or won the game outright. The -110 next to the spread indicates the price. To win $100 on either side of this bet, a bettor would need to wager $110.
Point total (over/under)
The point total (or “over/under”) refers to the total number of points scored between two teams. For example, say Louisville’s game against Virginia has a point total set at 49. The Cardinals and Cavaliers would need to combine for at least 50 points in order to win a bet on the over. Should the final score come out to be 21-17 – regardless of a winner – then a bet on the under would win. If the two teams combine for exactly 49 points (say, 26-23), then the bet “pushes” and all parties get their bet back.
Like with point spreads, point totals often carry a -110 price on either side.
In-play and live betting
Bets currently growing in popularity are live bets or in-play bets. As opposed to a “pre-live” bet (before the game starts), live bets happen during the game. Odds are ever-changing, which presents some unique advantages and disadvantages to bettors.
The biggest advantage it gives bettors is the possibility for inefficient markets. Say Louisville closed as a -3 favorite in their game against Duke. The game begins with Duke returning a punt for a touchdown on the opening drive and then a subsequent fumble on the next play, setting the Blue Devils up for a 10-0 early lead. At this point, Louisville may fall to a +2.5 underdog live. Sharp bettors may recognize that this is an overcorrection to two unlikely plays and bet the Cards +2.5.
Be wary, though, as sportsbooks have more up-to-date information than bettors. They bypass tape delays and install “review periods” for bets to ensure they’re a step ahead. If a spread suddenly shifts by four points, it’s not likely an error on the book’s part, rather, a big play is inbound.
Parlays and teasers
Stringing together multiple bets comes in the form of either parlays or teasers. A parlay is the act of combining two or more straight bets to get a better price. Say the Cardinals are -190 against Indiana and on the same day Florida State is a -270 favorite over Southern Miss. Combining the two bets in the form of a parlay may come out to +130 odds – better than betting either individually. For the successful parlay to hit, both bets must be successful, greatly increasing a bettor’s breakeven point on each leg.
Teaser betting refers to buying or selling points on a point spread or total. In football, six-point teasers are the most common. Take the following two-game example:
- Louisville +2 (-110) vs. Miami
- Pitt +2.5 (-110) vs. North Carolina
A six-point teaser for these two games would result in Louisville now being a +8 underdog and Pitt a +8.5 one. Teasers require at least two point spreads combined, commonly resulting in a -120 price, regardless of the juice on the original spread. A bet must now require the Cardinals to lose by fewer than eight points (or two win outright) and the Panthers to lose by eight or fewer (or win outright).
Louisville football FAQ
Louisville has not yet won a national championship in college football.
Having joined the ACC in 2014, Louisville has not won an ACC football title. However, they have three Big East championships (2012, 2011, 2006), three in Conference-USA (2004, 2001, 2000), and two in the Missouri Valley Conference (1972, 1970).
Sportsbooks project a fine season from Louisville, with their win total set at 8.5. Jeff Brohm has a proven track record of rapid success, but with so much turnover in the program, pinpointing their exact 2023 outcome is difficult.
Louisville finished the 2022 season with an 8-5 record. They went 4-4 in ACC play, finishing fourth in the ACC Atlantic. The Cardinals won the Fenway Bowl over Cincinnati, 24-7.