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 Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I will deviate to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the top clubs in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany all the squares laying the heavy lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals. Aside from the venue do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a successful win IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to real soccer, will our recordings on this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out win games and to alter the civilization. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to start taking actions.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, which makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with a completely new offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are just being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A coach on creating a statement and this being a national match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope not and the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and 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 specimens. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be greater than last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing 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 at times the people is right, and in this instance they definitely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us 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)