Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and also render our school 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 season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash although doug, I like the Irish. Aside from the place is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, at least and a triumph IMO, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to soccer, so will our records with this one and in which the matches count.
Remember Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win games and to change the civilization. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking actions in the right direction.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record where they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP this past year and owned only 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 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my issue is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to get any traction against a defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A trainer and this being a game, Satterfield will market his staff on creating a statement. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not amuse 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 handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an equally awkward coach like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is correct, and in this situation they are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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