Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the best teams in the nation, 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 about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning on the Cardinals within this season-opening clash. Apart from the place is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a successful triumph and at least IMO, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to real soccer, will our recordings on this one and where the matches rely.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the culture and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, that makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming from a dismal album. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP last year and possessed 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 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the identical shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new attitude and with this being a federal game, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does need to hope not and the Irish will take them 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 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is right, and in this case they surely are. Until once we get down 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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