Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes and also render our school football selections.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins on and back so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this 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 currently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals within this clash. Apart from the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a win IMO, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to football, so will our records with this one and where the games count.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out win games and to change the civilization. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield that makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal listing this past year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed only 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 fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a trainer and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS final season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a fresh attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, with this being a national game. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and also in this case they definitely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night once 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)