Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will detract to dip our feet and render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn for the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber on a public street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals within this season-opening clash. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, at least and a win IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to real soccer, will our recordings on this one and where the matches count.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win games and to alter the culture. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. However this is a moment for Louisville, a group that 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 I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense which makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable inside their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album last year, where they went winless. 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 facing a team that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last year.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A new trainer and with this being a national game, Satterfield can market his new staff. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resumethat you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an equally awkward coach 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 along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and also in this case they certainly 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 ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)