Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then that I will detract to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins on and back so it looks like its my turn to get the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a successful win, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real soccer, where the matches rely and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against competitions? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the civilization and win games and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a huge time for Louisville, a team that has the chance to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The shield which makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team this past year, at which they went winless in ACC action coming off of a dismal listing. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my query is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, this being a federal game. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an equally inept coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and also in this situation they are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)