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 selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and I will detract to dip our feet.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport 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 debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see 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 at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a convincing win, it said a lot about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to soccer, so will our records with this one and in which the matches rely.
Recall Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out to change the culture and win matches. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However , this is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, which makes me more worried. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team 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 over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville was not only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS and sucked last season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A coach brings a fresh mindset on building a statement, and with this being a game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and also not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
I was being 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 better than last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an awkward coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and also in this instance they are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)