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 on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins on and back so it looks like its my turn to get the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals although I like the Irish. Other than the venue is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful triumph, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real football, where the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out to alter the civilization and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a big time for Louisville, a group that has the chance to start taking steps.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The shield, well, that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record last year, where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting 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 over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to get any traction against a Irish shield? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are simply being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A coach on creating a statement, and with this being a national game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this situation they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next 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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