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 to dip our feet and then leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful win, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to football, so will our records on this one and in which the matches count.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out win matches and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a big moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to start taking steps in the right direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre just being the same shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was, but 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new coach on creating a statement, and this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust not and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and also in this instance they surely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)