Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes and also leave 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 first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Other than the venue, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful triumph, said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to real football, will our records on this one and where the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the civilization and win games and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to start taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The defense that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal record this past year in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP last year and owned 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 fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with a completely new offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for the brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the identical wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was, but 1-11 ATS last season.
Just like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new trainer brings a new mindset and with this being a federal game, Satterfield will sell his staff on making a statement. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this case they really are. Until next week once 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)