Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet and then render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the best teams in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see that the lineup 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 across the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a win and IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to soccer, will our records with this one and where the matches count.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out win games and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to start taking steps.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which 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 regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to get any traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement with this being a national match. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an awkward trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once 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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