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 and that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs 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 with a bet on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening battle although I love the Irish. Besides the place is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup at least and a successful triumph IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to football, so will our records on this one and where the matches rely.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and are out to change the culture and win games. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Yet , this is a significant time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to start taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal album where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sport betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was not just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS and sucked final year.
Just like he gave up to the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, with this being a national match. Louisville does have to hope that the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward coach like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is correct, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, 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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