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 picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
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 compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better 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 it is my turn to get the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany all the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup a triumph and IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real soccer, so will our records with this one and where the games count.
Remember Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to alter the civilization and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The defense, well, that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal record last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 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.
So, my query is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sports betting, or you are just being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new coach and this being a game, Satterfield can sell his new staff on making a statement. Louisville does need to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the 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)