Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet and then render our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning on the Cardinals in this battle although I like the Irish. Besides the place do you think Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, at least and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to football, where the games rely and will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out win games and to alter the civilization. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The protection which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal album last year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when he is working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am 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 glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped final year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer and this being a match, Satterfield will sell his staff on building a statement. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when decked out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better than last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an coach like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this instance they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once 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)