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 game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I will detract to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Aside from the venue do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a convincing win and IMO, it said a lot about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to football, will our records with this one and where the matches rely.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the culture and worked miracles. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a big time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The shield that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive scheme?
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 handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville was not only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS and sucked final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be greater than last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and also in this case they are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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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