Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract to dip our toes into uncharted waters and render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the best teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow all the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning within this battle onto the Cardinals. Other than the venue do you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a convincing triumph IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move ahead to real soccer, in which the matches count and so will our records with this one.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the culture and worked wonders. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet this is a big moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, that makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it to the CFP last year and owned 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for prodigious handicapping expertise and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sports betting, or youre just being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped final year.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new mindset on building a statement, and this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and also in this situation they surely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night when 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)