Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in 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 I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Other than the venue, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a triumph and at least IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to soccer, in which the matches rely and will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win games and to change the culture. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a big time for Louisville, a team which has the chance to begin taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, which makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal record last year, where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only 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 from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are just being the same wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A trainer on building a statement, and this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when 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 you have an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an inept coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this situation they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday once 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)