Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the country, plus a legendary 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 supported by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are leaning in this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Aside from the place do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup a triumph and at least IMO, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real soccer, where the games count and so will our records with this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and will be out win games and to change the civilization. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive 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 as the lead running back. The protection, well, which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy inside their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal album last year, where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to get some traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A new coach and this being a match, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and also in this case they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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