Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at 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 then that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning in this battle to the Cardinals. Apart from the place is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, IMO and at least a convincing win, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to real football, so will our recordings with this one and in which the games count.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win matches and worked wonders. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a major time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
I have 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 as the lead running back. The shield which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal album where they went winless in ACC activity last year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting 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 over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a defense? Particularly when he is working with a trainer and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are just being the exact same wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville sucked and wasnt only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh attitude and this being a federal match, Satterfield will market his staff on making a statement. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and also never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and in this instance they are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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