Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre leaning within this battle onto the Cardinals. Aside from the place, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and a convincing win, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to soccer, where the games count and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win matches and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a huge moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the shield that makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing 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 group coming off of a dismal record this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sports betting, or you are simply being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville was, however 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a fresh attitude on creating a statement and with this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them and never have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an equally inept coach such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and in this case they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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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