Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then also leave our college football picks 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 year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn for the gold wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this battle although I love the Irish. Apart from the venue is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and at least a successful triumph, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to soccer, in which the matches count and so will our records on this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the civilization and worked wonders. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection which makes me more nervous. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team last year, in which they went winless coming from a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to get some traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping experience and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS last season.
Just like he gave up to the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh attitude is brought by A new trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a match. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be greater than last year but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document 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 along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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)