Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at 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 then also I shall detract to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals. Aside from the place is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful triumph, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real soccer, where the matches rely and will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the civilization and win games and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The defense which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a swarming shield? Especially when hes working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the same shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to understand Louisville sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement this being a federal match. Louisville does have to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this situation they definitely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)