Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college soccer odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning in this clash onto the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, at least and a convincing win IMO, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, in which the games count and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall all those Thursday night matches Louisville used to perform against opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the civilization and worked miracles. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a major time for Louisville, a group that has the chance to start taking actions.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense , well, that makes me more nervous. 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 cozy inside their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that 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 met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my query is, how can be a cop such as Pass whos slow to release, designed to get some traction from a defense? Particularly when he is working with a completely new offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS last year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new attitude and this being a national game, Satterfield will sell his team on creating a statement. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an awkward trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)