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 deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes and leave our college 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 soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the top clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. We have been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to get the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this 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 in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are leaning within this battle to the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a successful win, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to football, will our recordings on this one and in which the games count.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the culture and win games and worked miracles. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to start taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group last year, in which they went winless coming off of a dismal album. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate to your sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS last year.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh attitude is brought by A new coach and with this being a federal game, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does need to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an equally inept coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets 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)