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 I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest clubs in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre currently leaning in this clash on the Cardinals. Other than the venue, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a triumph IMO, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real football, where the games count and will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the culture and win matches and worked miracles. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a huge moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good 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 the shield that makes me more nervous. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album this past year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, 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 normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and sucked final season.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, this being a match. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a ATS. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better 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 like 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 street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and also in this instance they are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then let us 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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