Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters 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 year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest clubs in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the gold wreath, like I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares putting the thick lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening clash. Apart from the venue, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a convincing win and at least IMO, it said a lot about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to real soccer, in which the games count and will our recordings on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and are out to change the culture and win games. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However , this is a major moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, 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 regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a British defense? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked last year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh mindset is brought by A trainer on building a statement and with this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope never and the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and in this case they definitely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when 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)
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