Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I will deviate to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the best teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Other than the place do you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a triumph IMO, said a lot about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, where the matches count and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the culture and win games and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal record last year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a completely new offensive scheme and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate to your ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are just being the exact wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh mindset is brought by A trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, with this being a federal match. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I know 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 road chalk, but sometimes the general public is right, and in this case they are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday 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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