Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and I shall deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top clubs in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it looks like its my turn for the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, at least and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to real football, so will our recordings on this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the civilization and win games and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record last year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP last 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 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a Irish shield? Especially when hes working with a new trainer and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked final year.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a game. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and also in this instance they are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)