Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening battle although doug, I enjoy the Irish. Other than the place is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a convincing win, it said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to soccer, where the games rely and so will our records with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to alter the civilization and win matches. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a major time for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking actions in the ideal direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense? Especially when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sport betting, or you are just being the same wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and wasnt only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS last season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh mindset and this being a match, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I had been somewhat facetious because though youve got an handicapping restart that you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that putting nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this case they surely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday 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)
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