Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and also I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Besides the place do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a triumph and IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to soccer, where the matches rely and will our recordings with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win matches and to alter the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a major time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking steps.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense 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 wont be doing flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal album this past year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my query is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a new trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for handicapping experience and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and sucked final year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his staff. Louisville does have to trust not and the Irish will accept them for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be greater than last year but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and also in this situation they definitely 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 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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