Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I shall deviate to dip our feet.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning within this battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a successful triumph and IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real soccer, where the matches count and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win games and worked miracles. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed 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 in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was, however 1-11 ATS and fully pumped final year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new mindset on making a statement and with this being a federal game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an coach such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and in this instance they certainly 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 prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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