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 program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and 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 football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before 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 round the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and a convincing win, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to football, in which the games count and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out to alter the civilization and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield which makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my query is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a new trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the identical wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer on building a statement, and with this being a national game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be better compared to last year but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain 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 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)