Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest teams in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals. Other than the place do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful win, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to real football, so will our recordings on this one and in which the games rely.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the culture and win games and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. However , this is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The shield that 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 wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal record last year, where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to your sage wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are simply being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville wasnt just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked last season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a game. Louisville does have to hope never and also they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and in this situation they surely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday when the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)