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 selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and that I will detract to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, 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 greatest teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals within this season-opening battle although I like the Irish. Other than the venue, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a successful win, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move ahead to real football, in which the games count and will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to change the civilization and win games. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a big time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to start taking actions in the right direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album where they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue 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, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to get some traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sports betting, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new attitude is brought by A coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement this being a match. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this instance they are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared 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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