Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn for the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why do you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and at least a convincing triumph, said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to real soccer, where the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win matches and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. However this is a major time for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection that makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a new mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a national match. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an coach such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and in this case they 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 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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