Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then render our college football picks.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the top teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening battle. Besides the place, why do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and a successful win, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real football, in which the games count and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (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 alter the culture and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense which makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that 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 normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final year.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a new mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a national match. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned may grow as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this case they really are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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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