Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections and then I shall deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the best teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a win and IMO, said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to football, where the matches rely and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an club.
But just for example 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 and are out win matches and to alter the culture. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a major time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, which makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a Irish shield? Especially when he is working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for prodigious handicapping expertise and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was not just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh mindset and with this being a game, Satterfield will sell his team. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an awkward coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and in this situation they surely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday once 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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