Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract to dip our toes and then render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that 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 at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Besides the venue is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a win and IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to football, will our records on this one and in which the matches count.
Recall Louisville used to perform against opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change the civilization and worked wonders. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, which makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal album this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and owned 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 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a shield? Particularly when hes working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was, however 1-11 ATS final season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a new mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a match. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I had been somewhat facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was amazing resumethat then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better than last year but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the highway is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday 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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