Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me with a wager on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the gold wreath, like I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Aside from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a convincing win and at least IMO, said a lot about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real soccer, in which the matches count and will our records on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and are out to change the culture and win games. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a huge time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please dont forget why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue 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, surrendering just 17.2 points over 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 also, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a British shield? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and wasnt only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A trainer on creating a statement, and with this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an inept trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared 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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