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 picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then also I will detract to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning to the Cardinals although I like the Irish. Other than the venue is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a convincing triumph, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move ahead to soccer, will our records on this one and in which the games count.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against competitions? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the civilization and worked wonders. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. However this is a significant moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield which makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group last year, where they went winless coming from a dismal record. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and wasnt only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset and with this being a federal match, Satterfield will sell his staff on building a statement. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino.
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 sometimes the people is right, and in this case they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets 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)