Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet and then leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the top teams in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Aside from the place is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a win and IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to football, in which the matches rely and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall all those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to change the culture and win games. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a major moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, that makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group last year, where they went winless coming off of a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and owned 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 from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when he is working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was, however 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A coach brings a new attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a national match. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an inept coach like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and also in this situation they are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night once 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)
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