Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet and then also leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Other than the place do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, and a convincing win IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to football, will our records on this one and in which the games count.
Remember all those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win games and to alter the civilization. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet this is a significant moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, which makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team last year, in which they went winless coming off of a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my issue is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save 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 your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are just being the exact same wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a game. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and also in this instance they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday 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)
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