Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I shall detract to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn for the golden 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 school football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning in this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why do you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a convincing triumph, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real soccer, so will our records on this one and where the matches rely.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win games and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a major time for Louisville, a staff with the opportunity to start taking steps in the right direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently 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 comparable to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a swarming shield? Especially when he is working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and wasnt only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS final year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, this being a national match. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this instance 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 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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