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BOZICH | What does Las Vegas say about DeVante Parker's absence?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Bobby Petrino was not certain when receiver DeVante Parker will return to the lineup for the University of Louisville football team. Parker underwent surgery on the broken bone in the fifth metatarsal in his left foot Monday in Charlotte, N.C.

Petrino's best estimate was that Parker will miss six-to-eight weeks. That translates to five-to-seven games.

Next question: What does Las Vegas have to say about Parker's absence and how it affects the outlook for the Cardinals, who open their 2014 season on Labor Day here against Miami (Florida)?

Parker is Louisville's top offensive weapon, their best option in the red zone, a guy who has scored at least one touchdown in 15 of the Cards' last 18 games.

I asked Brian Edwards of, a senior handicapper at VegasInsiders.

This is Edwards' reply:

“No change to Miami line today: (Cards are still favored by 3 ½ points – click here.)

“Louisville's odds to win ACC remain at 18/1.

“I did notice that season win total saw 10-cent adjustment on price. U of L win total is still 8 but instead of -125 to the 'over' (& +105 for the 'under'), it's -115 price either way.

“So basically minimal change & I think that's because Parker will be back for the FSU game (Florida State game here Oct. 30) and Cards were going to be underdogs at Clemson (Oct. 11) whether he was healthy or not.”

Translation: For at least one day, the wise guys believe that Louisville has the offensive firepower to overcome the absence of an all-conference receiver.

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