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 game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning on the Cardinals. Aside from the place, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a win and at least IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to soccer, so will our records on this one and where the games count.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the civilization and win matches and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a staff with the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The defense, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to attempting 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 confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal year and heading a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace and I am desperate for your brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was, however 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and this being a national game, Satterfield will sell his team. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, 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 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an equally inept coach such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is right, and also in this situation they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)