Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening battle although doug, I like the Irish. Aside from the venue do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, at least and a convincing win IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to soccer, will our recordings on this one and in which the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the culture and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont occur right away because the ability level is down from theVille. However , this is a time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than with a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection, well, which makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group this past year, where they went winless coming from a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my issue is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was, but 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new attitude is brought by A trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a federal game. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an awkward trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us 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)