Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and also render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning within this battle on the Cardinals. Other than the venue, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a win and at least IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to football, where the matches rely and will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville used to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to change the civilization and win matches. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a huge moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance to begin taking actions.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a trainer and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to your brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football picks. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS last year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a new mindset on making a statement and this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an equally inept coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that putting nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is right, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the 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)