Top betting favorites headline Louisville football schedule

The more things change, the more they remain the same, at least for now. But that doesn’t diminish the appeal when it comes to speculation, attendance, TV viewer ratings and sports betting. Football remains the consensus No. 1 favorite in college athletics.

The usual suspects top the list of leading contenders for the college football’s national championship for the 2018-19 season. They include Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Oklahoma and Texas, in addition to Georgia, Penn State and Washington

The University of Louisville football team will be in a unique position of making a case for itself during the 2018 season, playing two of those contenders — Alabama in the opening game at Orlando on Sept. 1 and at Clemson in the ninth game on Oct. 3.

Not surprisingly, the Cardinals are least three-touch down underdogs in each of those games.  But don’t expect UofL football to just show up, hoping to stay close, not wanting to embarrass itself. That would be self-defeating.

“The number one thing that we’ve got to be able to do is work hard enough and believe in each other so that we take the field truly believing that we’re going to win the game,” said Coach Bobby Petrino.

All the more reason for University of Louisville football fans to look forward to these headliner games. Unprecedented opportunities for UofL to make a difference in how the national championship is decided.

According to this bunch of sports betting sites, the odds of UofL wining the college football championships range from +25000 to +40000 depending on which site one visits. But odds are just odds, not certainties, and that’s what makes betting on college football so interesting.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.