Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in 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 then also I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins on and back so it looks like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre currently leaning in this battle to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a convincing triumph IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to football, in which the games count and will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win games and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet , this is a time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, which makes me more nervous. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group last year, in which they went winless in ACC action coming off of a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate to handicapping experience and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are just being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked final season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his team. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an inept trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and also in this case they surely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)