Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes and leave our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top teams in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning in this battle on the Cardinals. Apart from the place do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a successful triumph and IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real soccer, in which the matches rely and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the culture and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. Nonetheless, this is a huge time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my query is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final year.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he composed to the Atlanta Falcons. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer on making a statement, and with this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope that the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is right, and also in this case they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared 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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