Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes and render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals within this clash. Besides the place, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a convincing win and IMO, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to real soccer, where the games rely and will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win matches and to change the culture. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more worried. Please do tell you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my question is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a game. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when decked out more or 20 digits. This 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 time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be better than last season but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an inept trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and also in this instance they surely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, 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)