Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at 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 also I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best teams in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning onto the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and at least a successful triumph, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to real soccer, where the games rely and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to change the culture and win matches. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance to begin taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield that makes me more worried. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying into this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal album this past year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP this past 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 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy 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 usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked final season.
Just like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A new coach and with this being a game, Satterfield will sell his team. Louisville does need to trust never and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be greater than last year but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an equally inept trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this case they really are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night once 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)