Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then also render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals within this season-opening clash. Apart from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes and a convincing win IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move ahead to real football, will our recordings with this one and where the games count.
Remember all those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to alter the culture and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield which makes me more worried. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal record this past year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sports betting, or you are simply being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked last year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a new mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement this being a national 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 consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
I used to be a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)