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 also I will deviate to dip our feet.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it looks like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals in this clash. Aside from the venue is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a triumph and at least IMO, said a lot about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to football, will our recordings with this one and where the games count.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the civilization and win matches and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The shield that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to get any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new attitude on building a statement, and with this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if 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 Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better than last year but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an inept coach such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and also in this situation they are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday when the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)