Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan 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 last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest clubs in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it appears like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 round the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals in this battle. Besides the venue, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup at least and a win IMO, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, will our recordings on this one and in which the games count.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the civilization and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a major time for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont 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 hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album this past year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP this past 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 fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my question is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming around 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 college football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville sucked and was, however, 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a national match. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will 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 scenario, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and also in this situation they surely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)