Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I shall detract to dip our toes.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the gold wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning in this clash on the Cardinals. Aside from the place, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a convincing win and IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to real soccer, will our records on this one and where the games count.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out win matches and to alter the culture. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a big moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense which makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team this past year, at which they went winless in ACC action coming from a dismal record. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that 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 over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a national match. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an coach such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and in this situation they surely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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)