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 match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Aside from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful win, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move ahead to football, will our records on this one and where the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win games and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Yet this is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this match as 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 2-10 record where they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my issue is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a defense? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for prodigious handicapping expertise and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the exact same shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh mindset is brought by A coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement this being a game. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not recruit 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 handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an awkward coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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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