Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and 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 very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber onto a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening clash. Besides the venue, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup at least and a triumph IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to real football, will our recordings with this one and in which the games rely.
Remember Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the civilization and win matches and worked wonders. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. However this is a major time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking actions.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches 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. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. Please do tell why you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming from a dismal 2-10 record. 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 team that made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and I am desperate to handicapping expertise and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was, but 1-11 ATS last season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a new attitude on creating a statement, and this being a federal game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an equally inept trainer like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and in this case they surely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once 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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