Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters 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 year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the country, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn for the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany all the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Aside from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, and a win IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to football, where the games count and will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an club.
However, like 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 worked wonders and will be out win games and to alter the culture. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a significant time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense, well, which makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my issue is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping experience and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 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 and with this being a match, Satterfield will market his team on making a statement. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and 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 said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an coach like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is correct, and also in this case they definitely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the 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)