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 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre leaning to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, and a convincing triumph IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to real soccer, will our records on this one and in which the matches rely.
Recall all those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the civilization and win games and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to start taking actions.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my query is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and sucked final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A coach on building a statement, and with this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an equally inept trainer like 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 betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this situation they definitely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us 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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