Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets 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 forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning within this clash onto the Cardinals. Aside from the place do you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a convincing win and at least IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move ahead to real football, so will our recordings with this one and in which the matches rely.
Recall Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to change the culture and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the shield which makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album last year, where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme and a new trainer?
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 for the brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport betting, or youre just being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS last year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new attitude on building a statement and this being a federal match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to expect they will not be taken by the Irish and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when decked out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this case they surely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday 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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