Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet and then render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely 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 sport of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals. Apart from the venue do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a triumph and at least IMO, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real football, will our recordings on this one and in which the games count.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win games and worked miracles. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. However , this is a significant moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, which makes me more worried. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless in ACC action this past year. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to 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 fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, how is a cop such as Pass whos slow to launch, supposed to obtain any traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the exact same wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS final year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset on creating a statement and with this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an equally awkward trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is right, and in this situation they are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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)