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 Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I shall deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely 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 a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the country, plus a legendary football 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 while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning within this battle to the Cardinals. Besides the place, why do you think Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup at least and a successful win IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to football, will our recordings with this one and where the matches count.
Remember Louisville used to play against competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win games and to change the civilization. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The defense, well, which 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 since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal album in which they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a defense that is Irish? Particularly 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 have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the identical wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a new mindset and with this being a national match, Satterfield will market his team on building a statement. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better than last year but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and in this situation they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then lets see what happens on Monday night once 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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