Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then also leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as I will accompany all 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 event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning on the Cardinals in this clash although doug, I enjoy the Irish. Aside from the place do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, at least and a successful win IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to soccer, so will our records on this one and in which the games rely.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against competitions? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and will be out to alter the culture and win matches. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, that makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a British shield? Especially when hes working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sports betting, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and wasnt just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS last season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new attitude and with this being a federal match, Satterfield will sell his team on creating a statement. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them for granted and never have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this case they are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared 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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