Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes and also leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best teams in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow all the squares laying the lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a strong -20 across the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Other than the place, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a convincing win, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to football, in which the games rely and so will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to alter the culture and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a big time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to start taking actions.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying into this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that could eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to the sage wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a fresh attitude on creating a statement and this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is correct, and in this situation they surely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when 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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