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 match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning within this clash to the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a win and IMO, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to real football, will our records with this one and in which the games rely.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the civilization and win matches and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. However , this is a huge moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection which makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record last year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my issue is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are just being the exact wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was not only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS last season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a fresh attitude on creating a statement and with this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an inept trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this case they definitely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday when 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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