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 game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Besides the place is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a successful triumph and at least IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move forward to real football, so will our records with this one and where the matches count.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against competitions? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win matches and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to start taking actions.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The defense that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
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 now in the big leagues and he has a team last year, in which they went winless in ACC action coming from a dismal record. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how is a cop such as Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre just being the same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer on making a statement and with this being a match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust not and that the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an equally awkward coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this case they definitely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday 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)