Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract to dip our feet into uncharted waters and leave our college football selections 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 football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals although I like the Irish. Aside from the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful triumph, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to soccer, will our records with this one and in which the games count.
Remember Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the civilization and win games and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However , this is a significant moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The shield, well, that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my query is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping experience and your ancestral wisdom!
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 same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a federal match. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using 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 replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and in this case they are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday 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)