Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks and also I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Aside from the venue is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a successful triumph, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to football, will our records with this one and in which the games rely.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (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 are out to alter the civilization and win games. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking actions in the perfect direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense that makes me more worried. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal album this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP last year and possessed only 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a trainer and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the glowing side of sport betting, or you are simply being the same shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and this being a match, Satterfield will market his staff on making a statement. Louisville does have to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand 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 on occasion the general public is correct, and also in this case they surely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared 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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