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 also that I shall deviate to dip our toes.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top clubs in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and on so it looks like it is my turn for the golden wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals within this battle. Other than the venue, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a convincing win, it said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to soccer, so will our recordings with this one and where the games count.
Remember Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change the culture and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
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 direct running back. The shield which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record last year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to 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 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a defense that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a new trainer and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A new trainer on building a statement and this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be greater than last season but I would submit that they are educated with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their own deplorable record made by an awkward coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is right, and in this case they surely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday 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)
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