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 picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and also that I will deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest teams in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road 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 round the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning within this battle onto the Cardinals. Other than the venue, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and a successful triumph, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to football, so will our records with this one and where the games count.
Remember Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win games and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. Yet this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
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 because the lead running back. The defense, well, that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP this past 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 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my query is, how can be a cop such as Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped final year.
Just like he gave up to the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer on creating a statement, and with this being a national match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope never and they will not be taken by that the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and also in this instance they are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday 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)
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