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 on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes 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 soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top 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 best of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly 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 in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals although I enjoy the Irish. Apart from the venue, why do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a successful win and at least IMO, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to football, will our records on this one and where the games rely.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against opponents? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, including the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual 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 ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
Ive read where 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 direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, that makes me more nervous. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record this past year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my issue is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a completely new offensive strategy and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and Im desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked final season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield making a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a ATS. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their album 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 betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this situation they surely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night once 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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