Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and render our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning on the Cardinals within this season-opening battle although doug, I like the Irish. Other than the place do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a successful win, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to football, will our recordings on this one and in which the games count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But including the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to change the culture and win matches. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield that makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal album where they went winless in ACC activity last year. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a completely new offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sport betting, or youre just being the identical wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a fresh attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, this being a game. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general 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, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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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