Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet.
It will most likely be the 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 sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins on and back so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Aside from the venue do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a win and at least IMO, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to football, where the games rely and will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the culture and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However , this is a huge moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal album last year where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your sage wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact same wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped last season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh mindset is brought by A new coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement this being a national match. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an awkward coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets 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)