Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet and also render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Apart from the place, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a convincing triumph, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to soccer, where the games count and so will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville used to play against competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out win matches and to change the civilization. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The shield which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album last year, where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into 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 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked final season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new mindset on creating a statement and this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever 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 although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be greater than last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally awkward coach like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is right, and also in this instance they surely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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)