Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and also leave our school football picks.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals in this clash although doug, I love the Irish. Aside from the place, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup at least and a convincing win IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move ahead to football, where the games count and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out win games and to alter the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a time for Louisville, a group that has the chance to start taking actions.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since 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 up your Irish, 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 in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year, where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact same wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement with this being a federal game. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater than last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three 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 at times the general public is right, and in this situation they surely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, then let us see what happens on Monday night when 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)