Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I shall detract to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals although doug, I love the Irish. Other than the place is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, and a convincing triumph IMO, it said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to football, in which the games count and will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against competitions? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win games and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a significant moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The protection that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sports betting, or you are just being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked last year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh attitude and with this being a match, Satterfield will sell his team on building a statement. Louisville does have to trust never and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be greater than last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)