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 selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber on a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Apart from the place is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful win, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real soccer, in which the matches rely and will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and are out to change the culture and win games. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The shield 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 now in the big leagues and he has a team this past year, in which they went winless coming off of a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are just being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville was not just 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a game. Louisville does have to trust never and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday 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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