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 Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening clash although doug, I love the Irish. Other than the place is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, IMO and a successful triumph, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real football, in which the matches rely and will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to change the civilization and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However this is a time for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense, well, that makes me more worried. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album where they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are just being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh attitude and this being a national match, Satterfield will market his staff on making a statement. Louisville does have to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an equally inept trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night once 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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