Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at 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 I will deviate to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful win, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to real soccer, will our recordings with this one and in which the matches rely.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to change the civilization and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection, well, that makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album this past year in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up and Im desperate to your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was not only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS final season.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a fresh mindset on making a statement, and with this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is right, and in this case they surely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)