Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I will deviate to dip our toes.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 round the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning in this battle to the Cardinals. Besides the place, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, at least and a convincing win IMO, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to football, where the matches rely and will our recordings with this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out win games and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a big moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action coming off of a dismal album. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group 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 over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my query is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and Im desperate for your brand new wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was not just 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last season.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A coach brings a new mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a national match. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a ATS. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be greater than last year but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this case they certainly are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)