Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then leave our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best teams in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Other than the place, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a win and at least IMO, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to soccer, so will our recordings with this one and where the matches count.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and will be out to change the civilization and win games. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking actions.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as 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 off of a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a Irish shield? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue 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 brand new wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a new attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield about making a statement with this being a national game. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is only 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 might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)