BOZICH | Louisville king-sized underdog to Alabama as Week One spreads are posted
Point spreads for the opening weekend of college football were posted today. Good news for Kentucky, Indiana and Purdue. Bad news for Western Kentucky and Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Only 96 days until college football season kicks off, but who has time to wait?
Not you, especially with legalized gambling trying to roar into the conversation.
You know what that means: early betting lines for the opening weekend of the season have been posted.
Here is what the website BetOnline.AG forecasts for the local programs on Week One:
Louisville + 28 1/2 vs. Alabama in Orlando Sept. 1
There are bigger challenges than playing the defending national champion without your former Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback. But I can't think of one.
Welcome to prime time, Jawon Pass. Nick Saban lost several key pieces from his formidable Crimson Tide defensive unit, but he's always ready with replacement parts. The bigger question for Louisville is how the Cardinals' rebuilt defense will deal with Bama's offense, which also has uncertainty at quarterback.
When was the last time Louisville was a 28 1/2 point underdog?
Central Michigan +20 at Kentucky Sept. 1
Mid-American Conference teams are often tricky to play on the opening weekend of the season. The Chippewas finished 8-5 last season, losing to Syracuse, 41-17 and Boston College, 28-8.
They also lost to Wyoming by 23 in their bowl game so a 20-point spread looks like the sweet-spot for the point. Kentucky needs to settle on a productive quarterback. Until that happens, Benny Snell should run for 150-plus.
Northwestern + 4 1/2 at Purdue Aug. 30
The Wildcats were the only team to defeat the Boilermakers over Purdue's final five games last season, winning 23-13. But that game was in Evanston.
This one is in in West Lafayette on the first Thursday night of the season. Jeff Brohm's offense against Pat Fitzgerald's defense. I believe I'll make the drive to central Indiana. Should be fun.
Western Kentucky +33 at Wisconsin Aug. 31
Give the Hilltoppers credit for scheduling with ambition, but Wisconsin went 13-1 last season, the only stumble against Ohio State in the Big Ten title game. Camp Randall Stadium can be a lonely place for visitors. Welcome to life without Mike White.
Indiana (-13) at Florida International Sept. 1
These two teams were supposed to play last season but weather forced the Panthers to cancel. Now Indiana goes to Miami for the second time in three seasons. That's crazy scheduling.
IU won its opener at FIU, 34-13, in 2016, but the Panthers improved under Butch Davis last season, finishing 8-5, while defeating Marshall and Western Kentucky. The Hoosiers might be breaking in a new quarterback and will be introducing at least a half-dozen new starters on defense.
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