Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract to dip our toes and then leave our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best teams in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins back and on so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the heavy 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 the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning within this clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a win and IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to real football, will our records on this one and in which the games rely.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out to alter the culture and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to begin taking actions in the perfect direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield 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 as 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 album last year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that 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 over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a completely new offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact same shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to understand Louisville was not just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last year.
Such as he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up to coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a federal match. Louisville does have to hope not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an coach such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and in this instance they are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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)