Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at 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 I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better 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 appears like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals although I enjoy the Irish. Besides the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and a successful win, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to soccer, so will our records with this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out to change the civilization and win matches. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However this is a big moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to begin taking steps.
Ive 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 direct running back. The defense which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal record this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into 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 going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my query is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to get some traction against a swarming shield? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy and a brand new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a national game. Louisville does need to trust not and that the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and in this case they certainly 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 ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)