Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and at least a successful win, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to real football, so will our records with this one and where the games rely.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against competitions? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to alter the civilization and win games. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a big time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The shield that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal album where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate to your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre just being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was, however 1-11 ATS final season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a game. Louisville does have to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, 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 resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and also in this instance they are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)