Purdue Vie for College Football Betting Upset
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Picking who will win the college football betting is one of the greatest betting accomplishments an NCAA sportsbook player could get. The week will begin this upcoming Saturday and once the season kicks off, bettors will have a better idea each week as to who will win it all.
One contest that could help football betting sites calculate national championship odds is Week 1’s contest between the Louisville Cardinals and the Purdue Boilermakers. It’s a bit of a mismatch but seeing how the Cardinals handle their first challenge will help bettors figure out whether or not they are playoff contenders, let alone title contenders.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Purdue Boilermakers – Sat., September 2nd
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Stream: Fox Sports Go
College Football Betting Odds:
Louisville Cardinals -25 (-110) 68 (-110) -3000
Purdue Boilermakers +25 (-110) 68 (-110) +1500
The Louisville Cardinals flew their way to a 9-4 record (7-1 in ACC play) that ranked the program 2nd in the Atlantic Division, beaten out by the reigning national champions Clemson. The Cardinals performed well enough to receive an invitation to the Governor’s Cup, where they faced Kentucky. Louisville fought hard but in the end the Wildcats came out on top 38-41. The Cards got an opportunity to redeem themselves in the Citrus Bowl. Louisville once again came up short, this time against No. 19 LSU 29-9. It’s no understatement to say that the Cardinals followed up one disappointing performance with one even worse.
Bobby Petrino returns as head coach in his 8th year with the Cardinals. Petrino is joined alongside 2nd year co-offensive coordinators Lonnie Galloway and Chris Klenakis. Peter Sirmon will be joining the gang as defensive coordinator in his first year with the program.
Purdue made some improvements in 2016 by winning one more game than the year before. The Boilermakers finished the year with a 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten) record that perfectly illustrates the situation the program currently finds themselves in. Naturally, with such a catastrophic record, the Boilermakers finished last in the West Division and failed to receive an invitation to a bowl game. In the annual Old Oaken Bucket – the yearly contest between two rivals, the Boilermakers were boiled by Indiana 26-24.
The Boilermakers are ready for a change. To help bring it about, the Boilermakers have brought in first year head coach Jeff Brohm. Brohm is a former NFL player who has been coaching since 2002. Interestingly enough, Brohm was tenured in Louisville from 2003 to 2008, coaching at a variety of positions. Now Brohm has an opportunity to upset his former employer and it’ll be interesting to see if the first year head coach can get the college football betting job done.
Brohm has brought his people in to give the Boilermakers a facelift, at least from a coaching point of view. Brian Brohm, Jeff’s brother, will be joining Purdue as co-offensive coordinator alongside Tony Levine. Nick Holt will be calling the shots on defense, as well as Anthony Pointdexter.