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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Odds are that the college football season and the NBA Draft are two of the most discussed sports topics in town.

I think so. The people in Las Vegas think so, too.

You know what that means: Bovada.com is ready with its wagering odds on both items. 

I asked my friend Dan Barreiro, host of an afternoon drive time talk show on KFAN in Minneapolis, if he thought the Timberwolves would burn the first pick in the NBA Draft of Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns or Duke center Jahlil Okafor.

"I go for alliteration," Barreiro said. "Tanked for Towns sounds better than Tanked for Okafor.

"Plus, I still have scars from watching the Wolves try to hold an opponents under 130."

In football, Louisville is one of eight teams that will begin the season at 100-to-1 to win the national title. It appears that 29 teams are ranked ahead of the Cardinals.

Coach Bobby Petrino's team is fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference, behind Florida State, Clemson and Miami.

Kentucky, Indiana and Western Kentucky are not on the board. If you are determined to wager on any of those three teams to win the national title, I'd suggest you get odds of better than 500-to-1.

You also will not find any local players on the Heisman Trophy Watch list. The numbers:

Odds to win the 2015-2016 College Football FBS Championship

Ohio State 7/2

Alabama 7/1

TCU 10/1

Auburn 12/1

Florida State 12/1

USC 18/1

Baylor 20/1

Notre Dame 20/1

Clemson 22/1

Oregon 22/1

Georgia 25/1

Michigan State 25/1

Oklahoma 25/1

LSU 28/1

UCLA 28/1

Stanford 33/1

Arkansas 40/1

Michigan 40/1

Mississippi 40/1

Texas A&M 40/1

Tennessee 50/1

Arizona State 66/1

Florida 66/1

Mississippi State 66/1

Nebraska 66/1

Oklahoma State 66/1

Texas 66/1

Miami 75/1

Wisconsin 75/1

Arizona 100/1

Georgia Tech 100/1

Louisville 100/1

Penn State 100/1

South Carolina 100/1

Utah 100/1

Virginia Tech 100/1

Washington 100/1

Missouri 150/1

Boise State 200/1

BYU 200/1

Kansas State 200/1

Texas Tech 200/1

West Virginia 250/1

North Carolina 300/1

Boston College 500/1

California 500/1

UCF 500/1

Cincinnati 500/1

Duke 500/1

Iowa 500/1

Marshall 500/1

Maryland 500/1

Minnesota 500/1

Northwestern 500/1

Oregon State 500/1

Pittsburgh 500/1

Rutgers 500/1

South Florida 500/1

2015 Regular Season - Odds to win the Heisman Trophy

Ezekiel Elliott (RB Ohio State) 6/1

Leonard Fournette (RB LSU) 15/2

Trevone Boykin (QB TCU) 8/1

Nick Chubb (RB Georgia) 8/1

Dak Prescott (QB Mississippi State) 8/1

Cardale Jones (QB Ohio State) 12/1

Cody Kessler (QB USC) 12/1

Everett Golson (QB Florida State) 14/1

Derrick Henry (RB Alabama) 16/1

Paul Perkins (RB UCLA) 18/1

Connor Cook (QB Michigan State) 20/1

Jeremy Johnson (QB Auburn) 20/1

Samaje Perine (RB Oklahoma) 20/1

Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson) 20/1

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 25/1

J.T. Barrett (QB Ohio State) 28/1

Corey Clement (RB Wisconsin) 33/1

J Royce Freeman (RB Oregon) 33/1

Seth Russell (QB Baylor) 33/1

Justin Thomas (QB Georgia Tech) 33/1

Dalvin Cook (RB Florida State) 40/1

James Connor (RB Pittsburgh) 40/1

D.J. Foster (RB Arizona State) 40/1

Taysom Hill (QB BYU) 40/1

Brad Kaaya (QB Miami) 40/1

Mason Rudolph (QB Oklahoma State) 40/1

Nick Wilson (RB Arizona) 40/1

Malik Zaire (QB Notre Dame) 40/1

Jared Goff (QB California) 50/1

Jacoby Brissett (QB North Carolina State) 66/1

Jalen Hurd (RB Tennessee) 66/1

Laquon Treadwell (WR Mississippi) 66/1

Marquise Williams (QB North Carolina) 66/1

Scooby Wright (LB Arizona) 66/1

With the lottery over, Minnesota, Los Angeles and Philadelphia have the top three picks in the NBA Draft next month.

Which team will the Timberwolves take with the first selection?

Bovada has odds on that proposition, too – and Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is a substantial favorite to be the Wildcats third overall top pick in the draft in the last six seasons, following John Wall in 2010 and Anthony Davis in 2012.

Again, on to the numbers:

NBA Draft - Who will be the #1 Pick Overall?

Karl-Anthony Towns 1/2

Jahlil Okafor 7/4

Any Other Player 5/1

I'll make it Towns to Minnesota, Duke's Okafor to the Lakers and then Philadelphia will select former Central High School star D'Angelo Russell, who played one season at Ohio State.

Everybody wins.

Towns can team with Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio and Gorgui Dieng to bring a winner to the Twin Cities. Okafor joins Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle with the league's most prestigious franchise.

And Russell can play point guard for a franchise that is desperate for a point guard to plug in next to Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid.

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