Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes and also leave our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the best clubs in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening clash although I love the Irish. Other than the place, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, at least and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to real football, in which the matches count and will our records on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against competitions? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and are out to change the culture and win matches. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a significant moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to 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 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for the sage wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and sucked final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A new trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a game. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and never have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an inept coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and also in this case they are. Until once we get back 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)