Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet and also leave our college football picks 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 season we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve 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 each of the squares laying the lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals within this battle. Other than the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a successful win, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real soccer, will our recordings on this one and in which the games count.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the civilization and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead 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 why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable inside their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, where they went winless coming off of a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into 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 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming shield? Especially when hes working with a new trainer and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are simply being the identical wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS last year.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he composed to the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new mindset and this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his team on making a statement. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart that you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their own deplorable record made by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I know 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 sometimes the people is right, and in this instance they really are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, then lets see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come ready 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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