Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract to dip our feet and then also render our school football selections.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a convincing win IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to football, where the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall Louisville used to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the culture and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, which makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album last year in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that 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 normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the same wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped final season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this instance they definitely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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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