Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes and then also render our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top teams in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and on so it looks like its my turn to the gold wreath, as I will follow all the squares putting the thick lumber on a road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning onto the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a convincing triumph, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real football, in which the games rely and so will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the civilization and win games and worked wonders. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to start taking steps.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense, well, which makes me more nervous. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group last year, at which they went winless in ACC action coming off of a dismal record. 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 that made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact identical wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, such as he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh attitude is brought by A new coach on making a statement, and this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an awkward coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road 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 right, and in this situation they surely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)