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 picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also that I shall deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the top teams in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Aside from the venue, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a convincing triumph, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to real soccer, will our recordings with this one and where the games count.
Recall Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to change the civilization. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking actions in the right direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The shield that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team last year, in which they went winless coming from a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a shield? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was, 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 fresh mindset is brought by A trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a match. Louisville does have to expect the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart that then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be better than last year but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an awkward coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come ready 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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