Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest clubs in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are currently leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Other than the place, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, and a win IMO, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to football, where the games count and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win matches and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, that makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as 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 last year, in which they went winless coming from a dismal 2-10 document. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group 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 from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a 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 up and Im desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped final season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new attitude on creating a statement, and with this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be greater but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and in this situation they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next 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)