Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then also render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best teams in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
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 now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning within this battle onto the Cardinals. Besides the venue do you think Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful win, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to football, in which the games rely and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win matches and to change the culture. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a significant moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance to begin taking steps in the perfect direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield which makes me more worried. 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 into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year, where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming shield? Especially when he is working with a coach and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to prodigious handicapping expertise and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre simply being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and wasnt only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS final season.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A trainer on creating a statement, and with this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an trainer such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and in this situation they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us 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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