Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then also 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 very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will follow the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to football, where the games count and so will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win games and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a shield? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was, however, 1-11 ATS final season.
Just like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons, However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a new mindset and this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his staff on creating a statement. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better than last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this instance they really are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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