Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections and I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this 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 across the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning to the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, at least and a convincing triumph IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to soccer, in which the games count and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall all those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the culture and worked wonders. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Yet this is a major time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the shield, well, which makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting 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 over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my question is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a coach and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sports betting, or youre just being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a game. Louisville does have to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be better compared to last year but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an inept trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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