Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I will detract to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning onto the Cardinals although I enjoy the Irish. Apart from the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, and a successful triumph IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to soccer, where the games rely and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the civilization and win games and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying into this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal record this past year in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group 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 normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a completely new offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate to the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by college football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a fresh mindset and this being a national game, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this instance they definitely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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)