Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also that I will deviate to dip our feet.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest clubs in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the lumber onto a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Other than the venue do you think Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful win, said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to real football, so will our recordings on this one and where the matches rely.
Recall Louisville used to play against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the civilization and win matches and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonethelessthis is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
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 enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The protection that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming from a dismal record. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a shield? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up and I am desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sports betting, or youre just being the identical wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making school football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a national match. Louisville does have to trust never and the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)