Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at 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 that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn for the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany all the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Other than the place do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a successful win and IMO, said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real soccer, where the matches rely and so will our records on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and are out to alter the civilization and win games. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a group that has the chance to start taking steps in the ideal direction.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection which makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which 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 from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a trainer and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final year.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a federal match. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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)