Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the best clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing 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 accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning in this clash onto the Cardinals. Besides the venue is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a triumph and at least IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real soccer, so will our records on this one and where the matches count.
Recall Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However , this is a huge moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense, well, which makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC action this past year. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed 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 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked last season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new attitude is brought by A coach on creating a statement, and with this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an awkward coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this instance they are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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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