Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and also render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, and a legendary 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 the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening battle. Aside from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a successful win, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to soccer, in which the matches count and will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against competitions? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the culture and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a significant time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking steps.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact same shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a new mindset on creating a statement and this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be better but I would 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 3 touchdowns on the highway is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this case they surely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday when the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)