Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our toes and leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring 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 while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting 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.
I like the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals in this battle. Apart from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a convincing triumph, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to football, in which the games count and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and will be out win games and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a significant moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the shield, well, which makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album this past year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a new coach and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to your brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are just being the exact wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a new mindset on building a statement and with this being a match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an equally inept trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this case they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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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