Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet and then also render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been placing wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning within this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Other than the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a win and at least IMO, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to soccer, in which the matches count and will our records with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and are out to change the civilization and win games. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to start taking steps.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense that makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album where they went winless in ACC action this past year. This rebuild is akin to attempting 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 confronting a team which made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming shield? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up and Im desperate to the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was not only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked final season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a new mindset on making a statement and with this being a federal match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an awkward trainer like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next 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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