Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will detract to dip our feet and 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 season 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 greatest teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre currently leaning in this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Besides the place do you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a convincing triumph and IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to soccer, will our recordings on this one and where the matches count.
Remember Louisville used to perform against opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to alter the culture and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However this is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense that makes me more nervous. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming off of a dismal album. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up and I am desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and wasnt just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS last season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A new coach on making a statement and this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by that the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an equally inept trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and also in this instance they are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday when the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)