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 selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I shall deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning within this battle onto the Cardinals. Aside from the venue is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, IMO and a successful win, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real soccer, so will our recordings with this one and where the games count.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and will be out to change the culture and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet this is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance to begin taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection that makes me more worried. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a coach and a completely new offensive scheme?
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 to prodigious handicapping expertise and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact same wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was, however, 1-11 ATS final season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new attitude is brought by A coach on making a statement, and this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an equally awkward coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this case they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)