Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Besides the place do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and a successful triumph, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to soccer, so will our recordings with this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the culture and win matches and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the shield, well, which makes me more nervous. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and completely sucked last year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh attitude is brought by A coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a national game. Louisville does have to trust never and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an inept coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)