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 to dip our toes.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its 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 within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful triumph, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to soccer, will our recordings on this one and in which the matches count.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win games and to alter the civilization. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a huge moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to start taking steps in the right direction.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying into this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, where they went winless coming off of a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to get some traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and I am desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are just being the exact wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was not only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new attitude is brought by A new coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement this being a game. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an inept coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this instance they are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)