Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract to dip our feet and then leave our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals in this battle. Aside from the place is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, at least and a convincing win IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move ahead to real soccer, so will our recordings with this one and where the matches rely.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win matches and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to start taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to the brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to realize 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 team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer on creating a statement and this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night once 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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