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 game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and on so it looks like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares laying the heavy lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college soccer odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals. Besides the venue is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and a successful triumph, said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to soccer, where the games count and will our records on this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out win games and to alter the culture. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
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 direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP last year and owned 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 met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my question is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a shield? Especially when hes working with a trainer and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace and I am desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are just being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and wasnt just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A new coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a federal match. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an awkward trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is correct, and also in this case they certainly are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday when the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)