Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and also I will deviate to dip our feet.
It will most likely be the very 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 game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the place, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a convincing win, said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to football, in which the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the civilization and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking steps.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense that makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal album last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that 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 moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the same wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked last season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new attitude is brought by A coach on creating a statement, and with this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even 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 might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally inept trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this case they are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready 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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