Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate to dip our feet and render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning on the Cardinals although I love the Irish. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a triumph and at least IMO, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to real soccer, in which the games count and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away because the ability level is down in theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking actions.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The defense that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. 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 match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record last year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when hes working with a new coach and a completely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the same shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and sucked last season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A coach brings a new attitude and this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his team on making a statement. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an awkward coach like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this situation they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)