Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract to dip our toes into uncharted waters and leave our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber on a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning within this battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the place do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a win and IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to real football, will our records on this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the civilization and win games and worked miracles. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonetheless, this is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, which makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal record where they went winless in ACC action this past year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying 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 facing a group which made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, equaling only 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked last year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a fresh mindset and his new team will be sold by Satterfield about making a statement, this being a game. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater than last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an awkward trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is right, and in this situation they definitely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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