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 then that I shall detract to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top teams in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has jeopardized a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently available at a strong -20 throughout the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning in this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Aside from the place is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes and a convincing win IMO, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, so will our records on this one and where the games count.
Remember Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and are out to change the civilization and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a significant moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The shield that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and moving 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.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to get some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a completely new offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up and I am desperate to your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville wasnt just 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked last season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a new attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a game. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
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 circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and also in this case they definitely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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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