Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning to the Cardinals although I love the Irish. Aside from the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, and a successful win IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real football, where the matches count and will our records with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the civilization and win games and worked wonders. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However , this is a time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The protection, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal album this past year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my query is, how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and Im desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre just being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville sucked and was not only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS last season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a federal match. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and never have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be greater than last year but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then lets see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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