Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet and leave our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the lineup 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 across the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Other than the venue is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a triumph and IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to soccer, in which the matches rely and so will our records on this one.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to change the civilization and win games. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a major time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, that makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal record this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to attempting 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 into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sport betting, or youre simply being the identical wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A coach and this being a federal game, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, 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 enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally inept coach such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and in this instance they definitely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, then let us 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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