Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Other than the place, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a win and IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to soccer, so will our records with this one and where the matches rely.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the culture and worked wonders. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a major time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The defense which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record last year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked final year.
Like he gave up to the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and with this being a federal game, Satterfield will market his team on making a statement. Louisville does have to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this situation they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets 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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