Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup a convincing win and IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real soccer, where the games count and so will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville used to play against competitions? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to change the culture and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a significant moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers 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. The defense that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal record in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into 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 fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was not just 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new mindset on building a statement and with this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater than last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this case they certainly are. Until when we get back 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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