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 selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the top teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash although I like the Irish. Other than the place is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup at least and a win IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to real football, where the games count and will our recordings on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville accustomed to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win matches and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a big time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, that makes me more worried. Why 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 he has a group coming from a dismal record this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a British defense? Especially when he is working with a new trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sport betting, or youre just being the same wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and wasnt only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS last year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new mindset and with this being a federal game, Satterfield will market his team on creating a statement. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this instance they definitely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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