Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and render our college football picks 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 season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the top teams in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals. Apart from the venue is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a win and IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, will our records on this one and where the matches count.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against opponents? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to change the culture and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, that makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal record in which they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense has been clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a swarming shield? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to comprehend Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped final season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a national game. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a ATS. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an trainer such as Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and in this case they are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)