Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I will 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 last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning in this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Other than the place do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a convincing win IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to real soccer, will our records on this one and in which the games count.
Remember Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the culture and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. However this is a significant moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, which makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which 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 normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping expertise and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh attitude is brought by A new coach on creating a statement, and this being a national game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an equally inept coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this case they definitely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us 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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