Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion 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 on so it appears like its my turn to the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals. Besides the place is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a convincing win, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to soccer, so will our records on this one and where the games rely.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out to alter the culture and win games. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The defense that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record last year in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A new trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement this being a federal match. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an inept trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and in this situation they are. Until next week when we get down 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)
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