Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the 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 its now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals. Other than the venue, why do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, and a convincing win IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to soccer, where the matches rely and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out to change the culture and win games. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However , this is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The shield, well, that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a team this past year, where they went winless coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find 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 expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are simply being the exact same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, with this being a national match. Louisville does need to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an inept coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this situation they are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night once 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)