Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then leave our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the place, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a win IMO, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real soccer, will our recordings on this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to change the civilization and win games. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking actions.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, that makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP last year and possessed 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 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are just being the exact same shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and sucked final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be better compared to last year but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an equally inept trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this instance they definitely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday when the Irish come ready 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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