Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the best teams in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this clash. Apart from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and a convincing triumph, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to soccer, so will our recordings on this one and in which the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against competitions? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to change the civilization and win games. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the right direction.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped 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 having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection that makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal record last year in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue 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, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense has been clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a completely new offensive strategy and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact same shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped final season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does have to expect not and that the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because 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 coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this situation they definitely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared 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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