Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will detract to dip our toes and leave our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly 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 sport of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest teams in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals within this season-opening battle. Other than the place is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful triumph, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to real soccer, so will our recordings with this one and in which the games rely.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an club.
However, 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 wonders at Appalachian State and will be out to alter the culture and win games. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a huge moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the perfect direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense that makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal record where they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up and Im desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked last year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new attitude and with this being a game, Satterfield will sell his staff on making a statement. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be greater than last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an equally awkward trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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)