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 that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest clubs in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn for the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Besides the place do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and a successful win, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to soccer, where the games rely and so will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and are out to change the culture and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However , this is a significant moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The shield which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal record this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my issue is, how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming shield? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked final year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and this being a federal match, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and in this instance they definitely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next 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)
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