Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate to dip our feet and render our school football selections 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 season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre currently leaning in this battle to the Cardinals. Apart from the place do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes and a win IMO, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real soccer, in which the games rely and will our recordings with this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the civilization and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to start taking steps in the right direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since 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 dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable inside their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal record last year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a completely new offensive scheme and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was not just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS final season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new mindset and this being a federal game, Satterfield will sell his staff on making a statement. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart that you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better than last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their own deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this case they certainly are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)
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