Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I will deviate to dip our feet.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning within this battle on the Cardinals. Besides the place, why do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, at least and a win IMO, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to soccer, in which the games rely and will our recordings with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But such as 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 miracles and are out win matches and to alter the civilization. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, which makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the exact identical wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final 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 and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, with this being a federal match. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an inept trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready 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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