Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and also I shall detract to dip our feet.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning within this clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a successful win, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, will our records on this one and where the matches count.
Recall Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to alter the civilization and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense, which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 listing this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to get any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the identical wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was not only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS final year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement this being a game. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is 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, even when you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an trainer like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and in this situation they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night when 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)