Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet and render our school football picks.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best teams in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has jeopardized a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently available at a strong -20 around the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are currently leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening battle. Aside from the venue, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a convincing win and IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to real football, in which the matches count and will our records with this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the culture and win matches and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonetheless, this is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The defense which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont 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 hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album this past year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and Im desperate to your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was not only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does have to trust never and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an equally inept trainer like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready 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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