Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in 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 will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top teams in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it appears like its my turn for the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning within this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the place do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and a successful win, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to real soccer, will our records with this one and in which the matches rely.
Recall Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the civilization and win matches and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a major moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection which makes me more worried. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal album last year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting 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 moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a shield? Especially when hes working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was, however, 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer on building a statement, and with this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is 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 case they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday 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)