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 toes into uncharted waters and render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibit NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a convincing win, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to football, in which the matches rely and will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the civilization and win games and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a major moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield that makes me more nervous. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album this past year in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team 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 regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, how can be a cop such as Pass who is slow to launch, designed to obtain any traction against a Irish shield? Especially when hes working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for prodigious handicapping experience and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact same wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A coach on building a statement and with this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, 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 record left by an equally awkward coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this case they surely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)