Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a convincing win IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to real football, where the matches rely and so will our records with this one.
Recall Louisville used to perform against opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win games and worked wonders. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The shield that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to get any traction against a Irish shield? Especially when hes working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping expertise and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and sucked last year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new mindset is brought by A new coach on building a statement, and with this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better than last year but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and also in this situation they surely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)