Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes and then also render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre leaning within this clash onto the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a triumph and IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real football, in which the matches count and so will our records with this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win games and to change the culture. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The protection which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming off of a dismal album. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked last season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up to the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a fresh attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a game. Louisville does have to expect never and they will not be taken by that the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an trainer such as 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 right, and in this situation they really are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night once 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)