Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning within this battle to the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, at least and a successful triumph IMO, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real soccer, so will our recordings on this one and where the matches rely.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to alter the civilization and win matches. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking steps.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The shield, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal record where they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sports betting, or you are just being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and completely sucked last year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and with this being a national match, Satterfield will market his team on building a statement. Louisville does have to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an equally awkward trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is right, and also in this instance they definitely are. Until next week once we get down 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)