Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the place is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, and a successful win IMO, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to soccer, so will our recordings on this one and in which the games rely.
Remember Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and are out to alter the culture and win matches. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. However , this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the right direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The shield, well, that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team last year, where they went winless in ACC action coming off of a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a defense? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the identical wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was not only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset on building a statement and with this being a federal game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until once 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)