Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you’re currently leaning within this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Besides the venue is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and at least a successful triumph, it said a great deal about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Let’s move ahead to real football, will our recordings with this one and where the games count.
Recall Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, for example the former Papa John’s Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to alter the civilization and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This won’t happen immediately as the talent level is down from the’Ville. However this is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the ideal direction.
I’ve read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection that makes me more worried. Please do tell why you’ve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals won’t be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless in ACC activity last year. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new 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 I’m desperate to your sage wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I’m happy to see in your last sentence you’re coming on to the glowing side of sport betting, or you’re simply being the same shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a new mindset and with this being a federal game, Satterfield will market his team. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned could improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you don’t/can’t recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because though you’ve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be better than last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and also in this case they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let’s 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)