Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are leaning in this clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a convincing triumph and IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move ahead to real soccer, will our recordings on this one and where the matches rely.
Remember all those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an club.
However, 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 miracles and will be out to change the civilization and win matches. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a major moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to get any traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate for the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by college football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked last season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a new attitude and this being a national game, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an inept coach like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and also in this instance they are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets 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)