Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in 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 then also I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the gold wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning to the Cardinals. Aside from the venue do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful triumph, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real football, where the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall all those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the culture. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense which makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal record last year where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team 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 over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am 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 glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was not only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS final year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new coach on creating a statement and with this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better compared to last year but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally inept coach such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is right, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday when the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)