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 program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of this 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 in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning to the Cardinals although I love the Irish. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, at least and a convincing win IMO, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to football, in which the games count and will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win matches and to change the civilization. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield that makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year, where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this could eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my issue is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre simply being the identical shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and sucked final season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a fresh attitude on making a statement and with this being a game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be better compared to last season but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and in this situation they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when 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)