Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this 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 at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals although doug, I love the Irish. Aside from the venue do you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a successful win, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, in which the games count and so will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the civilization and win matches and worked wonders. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However this is a significant moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection which makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
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, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping experience and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer on creating a statement and with this being a federal game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an awkward trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this situation they surely 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 ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)