Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top teams in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are currently leaning on the Cardinals. Other than the venue do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a successful triumph and IMO, said a lot about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to football, will our recordings on this one and in which the games count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win matches and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a major moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The protection, well, which makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming off of a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral 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 sports betting, or you are just being the identical wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however 1-11 ATS and sucked last year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh attitude is brought by A new coach on making a statement, and with this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be better compared to last season but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and also in this situation they surely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)