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 Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I shall detract to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the gold wreath, as I will follow the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a successful win, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, will our recordings with this one and where the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the culture and win matches and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The protection, well, that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team last year, where they went winless coming from a dismal record. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and heading a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up and I am desperate for your brand new wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sports betting, or you are simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked final year.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new mindset about making a statement, and this being a game, his new team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an coach like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is right, and in this instance they are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday 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)