Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then also render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the 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 sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Besides the place, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a successful win, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to real football, will our recordings with this one and in which the games rely.
Recall Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the civilization and worked wonders. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a major moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, which makes me more worried. Why 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 inside their nest flying in the game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre simply being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked last year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A coach and his new staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement with this being a game. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by that the Irish and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be better than last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally inept coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 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 sometimes the general public is correct, and also in this situation they really are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets 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)