Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes and render our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares laying the lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are currently leaning onto the Cardinals. Apart from the place is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a convincing triumph, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, where the games count and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win matches and to alter the civilization. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking steps in the perfect direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield that makes me more worried. 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 cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal album in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this could eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my query is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a new trainer and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace and Im desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and sucked final season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh attitude is brought by A coach on making a statement, and this being a federal game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better compared to last season but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this instance they really are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday 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)
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