Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then render our school football picks on the Monday night match 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 display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning on the Cardinals. Besides the place, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes and a successful win IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to football, will our recordings on this one and in which the games rely.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the culture and win matches and worked miracles. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. However , this is a significant time for Louisville, a team that has the chance to begin taking actions in the right direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got 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 attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team 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 over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a fresh attitude on creating a statement and this being a federal game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an inept coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this situation they are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)
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