Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in 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 leave our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the country, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to the golden wreath, like I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares putting the thick lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a convincing win and at least IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to soccer, in which the games count and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night matches Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, just 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 worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out to alter the culture and win games. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense, well, which makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal record in which they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to get some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
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 this Golden Domers and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or you are just being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped last season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new mindset and this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his team on building a statement. Louisville does need to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally inept coach such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and in this case they surely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then lets see what happens on Monday night 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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