Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber on a public street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, at least and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to football, where the games rely and so will our records with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win matches and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance to start taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection which makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only 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 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find 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 prodigious handicapping experience and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a new mindset on making a statement, and with this being a federal game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope never and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this instance they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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)
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