Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then leave our college football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a convincing triumph IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real soccer, in which the matches count and so will our records on this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the culture and worked wonders. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonetheless, this is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to start taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense that makes me more worried. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in 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 Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up and Im desperate to handicapping experience and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are just being the identical wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was not only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new mindset on creating a statement and this being a game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust never and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an awkward trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that putting nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and in this situation they surely 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)