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 that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see the line 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 whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning within this clash on the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a convincing triumph and at least IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to football, so will our recordings with this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the culture and win games and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a big time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking actions.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group this past year, in which they went winless coming off of a dismal record. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and I am desperate for handicapping expertise and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS final season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh mindset is brought by A new coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a game. Louisville does have to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is right, and in this case they surely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come ready 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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