Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and that I will detract to dip our toes.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest teams in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning to the Cardinals within this battle. Aside from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a convincing triumph, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to football, where the matches count and will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the civilization and win matches and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a significant moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection, well, that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that 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 within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a Irish defense? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the same shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, this being a federal match. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue 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 may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an equally awkward coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and also in this instance they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come ready 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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