Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are currently leaning to the Cardinals within this clash. Besides the venue do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a convincing win, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to soccer, so will our recordings with this one and where the games count.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and are out to alter the culture and win games. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and 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 nervous. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group last year, in which they went winless coming from a dismal album. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace and Im desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are just being the exact same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked last season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh attitude is brought by A coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a national game. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and never have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be better compared to last year but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and in this situation they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday 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)