Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet and then render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning within this clash onto the Cardinals. Other than the place is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a win and at least IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to football, will our records on this one and in which the matches count.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to change the civilization and win games. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The shield that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal album last year where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to get any traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up and Im desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and with this being a national game, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them and never have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a ATS. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be greater than last year but I would 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 placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this situation they are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets 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)
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