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 program of NFL debate to dip our toes and then leave our school football picks 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 season we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the best teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning within this battle on the Cardinals. Apart from the place do you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, a convincing win and IMO, said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to football, so will our recordings on this one and where the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the civilization and win matches and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away because the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a major time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking steps in the perfect direction.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The protection, well, which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal record in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed only 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 fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a trainer and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a fresh attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a match. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable album made by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three 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 at times the people is right, and also in this instance they surely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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)