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 then I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning in this battle onto the Cardinals. Other than the venue do you think Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a successful win, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to real football, in which the games count and will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to alter the civilization and worked wonders. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team last year, where they went winless in ACC activity coming from a dismal album. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that 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 clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a Irish shield? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and I am desperate to prodigious handicapping expertise and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre just being the identical wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A fresh attitude is brought by A new trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, with this being a national game. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and in this situation they definitely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready 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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