Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I shall detract to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow all the squares laying the heavy lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning within this clash on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a convincing triumph and at least IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to real football, will our records with this one and in which the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to perform against competitions? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win games and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a big moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, which makes me more worried. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal album in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed 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 met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre just being the exact same shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new mindset and with this being a match, Satterfield will market his staff on building a statement. Louisville does have to expect that the Irish will take them for granted and not 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, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing 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 sometimes the public is right, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets 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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