Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and render 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 very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning within this clash on the Cardinals. Other than the place is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a convincing triumph and at least IMO, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to real football, in which the matches rely and will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to alter the culture and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a significant moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense which makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group last year, in which they went winless in ACC action coming off of a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense? Especially when hes working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate to your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh mindset is brought by A trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a match. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying 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 general public is right, and also in this situation they surely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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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