Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and leave our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently available at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning within this clash to the Cardinals. Besides the place, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and a convincing triumph, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to real football, in which the matches count and so will our records with this one.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the culture and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a big moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great 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, well, that makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group this past year, where they went winless coming from a dismal record. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP this past year and possessed 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 in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense? Especially when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and I am desperate for the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sports betting, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh attitude on making a statement and with this being a federal game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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