Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks and that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the best teams in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash although doug, I like the Irish. Other than the venue do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, at least and a win IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, where the games rely and will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and 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 wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a big time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense that makes me more nervous. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming from a dismal album. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to get any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact same wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and sucked last season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset and with this being a federal match, Satterfield will market his team on creating a statement. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater than last year but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an equally inept trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then lets see what happens on Monday night once 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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