Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I will deviate to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the gold wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning on the Cardinals in this battle. Apart from the venue do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and at least a convincing win, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, so will our records with this one and where the games count.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and will be out to change the civilization and win games. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. Nonetheless, this is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The protection that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team this past year, where they went winless in ACC activity coming off of a dismal album. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A coach brings a new mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, this being a national game. Louisville does have to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, 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 ATS. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better compared to last year but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an trainer like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street 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 right, and in this situation they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets 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)