Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest teams in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Aside from the place, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful win, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to real football, in which the matches count and will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out win matches and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection which makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my query is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a new coach and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for the brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport betting, or you are just being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and wasnt just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS final season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset and with this being a national game, Satterfield will market his team on creating a statement. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the season 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 being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an equally awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this instance they definitely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)
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