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 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have 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 lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening battle. Besides the place do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a successful win, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, in which the matches count and so will our records with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the civilization and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Yet , this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The shield, well, that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my issue is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a completely new offensive strategy and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre simply being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and completely sucked last year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new mindset and this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his team on creating a statement. Louisville does have to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an awkward trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and in this instance they surely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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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