Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and also leave our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the top teams in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Aside from the place do you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a successful win and IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to real football, where the matches rely and so will our records on this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to change the civilization. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. However this is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to start taking steps in the perfect direction.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good 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, which makes me more worried. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group this past year, in which they went winless coming off of a dismal album. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a swarming shield? Especially when hes working with a coach and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sports betting, or you are just being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a match. Louisville does have to trust never and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this instance they are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the 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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