Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the nation, 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 better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Aside from the place, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a triumph and at least IMO, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to football, where the matches count and so will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the culture and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a time for Louisville, a team 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 as the direct running back. The shield, well, which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal record last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was, but 1-11 ATS last season.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer and this being a national game, Satterfield will sell his team on making a statement. Louisville does need to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be greater than last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until once we get back 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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