Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and leave our school football picks.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has jeopardized a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now available at a strong -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre leaning onto the Cardinals. Apart from the venue do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a convincing win IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to soccer, where the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win games and worked miracles. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. However , this is a major moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much 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 2-10 album this past year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP last year and owned 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 fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh attitude is brought by A new coach on making a statement and this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing 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 youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an awkward coach such as Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this situation they certainly are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday 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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