Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet and render our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this 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 currently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and at least a successful win, it said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real soccer, will our recordings with this one and in which the games count.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change 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 opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, that makes me more worried. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album last year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a shield? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and wasnt only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS final season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a new mindset and with this being a game, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better than last season but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally inept trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this case they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday when the Irish come prepared 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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