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 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and on so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals. Besides the place, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes and a triumph IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to soccer, where the games rely and so will our records on this one.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the culture and win matches 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 team which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection which makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he composed to the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a fresh mindset on making a statement, and with this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to expect they will not be taken by that the Irish and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday when the Irish come ready 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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