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 match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and also I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best teams in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins back and on so it looks like it is my turn to get the gold wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening clash. Other than the venue is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and at least a successful win, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to real soccer, where the games rely and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change the culture and worked wonders. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. Yet this is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, that makes me more nervous. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last season.
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 attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement this being a federal match. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
I was being 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 scenario, because Louisville could be greater than last year but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an inept coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when 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)