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 selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also I will detract to dip our feet.
It will probably 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 featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a convincing win and at least IMO, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to real football, will our records with this one and in which the matches count.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win matches and to alter the culture. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance to begin taking actions in the perfect direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense, well, which makes me more worried. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense? Especially when he is working with a trainer and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS last season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh attitude and this being a federal game, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally inept coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this situation they are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets 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)