Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet and then render our college 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 football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals. Aside from the place is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a convincing win, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to soccer, where the games count and will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out win games and to alter the civilization. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read where 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 lead running back. The protection which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing 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 he has a group coming from a dismal record where they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and owned 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 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a completely new offensive scheme and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping experience and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the same wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and fully pumped final year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement this being a national game. Louisville does have to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and in this situation they are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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