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 game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the best clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real football, so will our records on this one and in which the games count.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the civilization. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to start taking actions.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield that makes me more nervous. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record last year, where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP last year and owned only 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was, however, 1-11 ATS last year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new attitude on making a statement and with this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and in this case 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 ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)