Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I will deviate to dip our toes.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Aside from the place do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a convincing triumph IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to soccer, in which the games count and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against competitions? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the culture and win matches and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a huge moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this 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 moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to get any traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with a new coach and a completely new 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 pace and I am desperate to the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the identical shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was, however, 1-11 ATS final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a fresh mindset on making a statement and with this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this instance they are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, then lets see what happens on Monday night 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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