Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Besides the place is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, at least and a win IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to real soccer, where the matches count and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the culture and win games and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. However this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The shield that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal album last year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP last year and possessed only 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 was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my question is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate to the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and sucked final year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new attitude is brought by A new coach on creating a statement and this being a match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will 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 instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is right, and also in this case they surely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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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