Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I will deviate to dip our feet.
It will most likely be the 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 best clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow all the squares laying the lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Other than the place is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, and a successful win IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to football, will our records on this one and where the matches count.
Recall Louisville used to perform against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change the culture and worked wonders. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection that makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record this past year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving 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 issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when hes working with a new trainer and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A coach and this being a game, Satterfield will sell his staff on making a statement. Louisville does need to trust never and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally awkward 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 betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and also in this situation they really 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 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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