Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I will deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the top teams in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Besides the venue do you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a triumph and IMO, it said a lot about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to football, will our records with this one and where the games rely.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and are out win matches and to alter the civilization. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a huge time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the perfect direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers 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. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more worried. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much 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 group coming from a dismal record last year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a coach and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped last year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new attitude is brought by A coach and this being a national game, Satterfield will sell his staff. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by that the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an equally 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 sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us 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)