Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then also I shall deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best teams in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals in this clash. Apart from the place is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful win, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to real soccer, so will our recordings on this one and where the games count.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out win games and to change the culture. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense has been clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked final season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A trainer and with this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his staff on building a statement. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an awkward coach such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this situation they surely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)