Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals although I love the Irish. Besides the venue, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a convincing win and at least IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to soccer, so will our records with this one and where the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out to change the civilization and win matches. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a major moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to start taking steps in the perfect direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The defense which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a team this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action coming off of a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past 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 Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my question is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a coach and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a fresh mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement with this being a national match. Louisville does have to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and also in this case they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next 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)