Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then 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 season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better 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 the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning to the Cardinals although doug, I like the Irish. Aside from the place is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, at least and a triumph IMO, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real football, in which the games rely and so will our records with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to alter the culture and worked wonders. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance to begin taking actions.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, that makes me more worried. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record this past year, where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that 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 over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact identical wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was not just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS final season.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement this being a game. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some 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 case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and in this case they definitely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then lets see what happens on Monday night when 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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