Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet and also render our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals. Other than the place, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, at least and a triumph IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to soccer, so will our records on this one and in which the games rely.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against competitions? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win games and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the right direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album this past year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my query is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a game. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an inept coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and in this instance they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)