Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn for the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning in this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the place do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a triumph and at least IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to football, where the matches count and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, 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 miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a major moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the perfect direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield, well, which makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record last year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save 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 Im desperate to handicapping experience and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped last season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a new mindset and this being a game, Satterfield will market his staff on making a statement. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an coach such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is correct, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the 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)
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