Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous 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 country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber on a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
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 in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a convincing triumph, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to football, in which the games count and will our recordings with this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against competitions? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out to change the civilization and win games. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense which makes me more worried. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP last year and owned only 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 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a swarming defense? Especially when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was, however, 1-11 ATS final year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and this being a match, Satterfield will market his team. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some 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 circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better than last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record made by an coach like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is right, and also in this case they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets 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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