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 selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, 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 supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful win, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to real football, in which the games count and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win games and to change the civilization. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to start taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The defense, well, that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record this past year in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense has been clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate to handicapping expertise and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last season.
Just like he gave up to the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new trainer brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a match. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be greater than last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an equally awkward coach like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this case they really are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday when 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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