Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a convincing triumph, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to soccer, so will our records with this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But just for example 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 in Appalachian State and will be out to change the culture and win matches. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The protection, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since 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 group coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past 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 in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a shield? Particularly when he is working with a trainer and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for the brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the same shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up to the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a fresh attitude on creating a statement and this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by that the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although 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 greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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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