Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then render our college football picks.
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 some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Besides the place, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a win and IMO, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, in which the matches rely and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out win matches and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a staff with the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, which makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new trainer?
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 this Golden Domers and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was not only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a national match. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and also not have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an inept coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this case they certainly 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 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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