Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre leaning to the Cardinals. Besides the place do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a convincing triumph, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to real soccer, where the games count and will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to alter the civilization and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to start taking actions in the perfect direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The defense that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which 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 from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a trainer and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a new attitude on making a statement and with this being a national match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an 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 sometimes the general public 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 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)