Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters and leave our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the top 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 wager about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins on and back so it appears like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the heavy lumber on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals although I love the Irish. Besides the venue is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, IMO and at least a successful triumph, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to soccer, in which the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out win games and to change the culture. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However , this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The defense which makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP last year and owned only 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 in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with a new 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 with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sports betting, or you are just being the exact wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was, however 1-11 ATS final season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A fresh attitude is brought by A trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement this being a national game. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an equally inept trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and also in this case they definitely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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)