Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and also I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning within this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Apart from the venue do you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a convincing triumph and at least IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real football, where the games rely and will our records on this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win games and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The defense that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album where they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense? Especially when he is working with a new trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace and Im desperate for the sage wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the identical wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked last season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and with this being a game, Satterfield will sell his team. Louisville does need to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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