Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our toes and then leave our school football picks on the Monday night game 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 last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as I will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Aside from the venue do you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a convincing triumph, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to football, in which the games count and will our recordings on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win games and worked wonders. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. However this is a significant moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics 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 worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed 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 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when he is working with a coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up and I am desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked final season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A coach brings a fresh attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a match. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when decked out 20 or more specimens, a ATS. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and also in this case they surely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready 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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