Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes and also leave 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 season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash although doug, I enjoy the Irish. Besides the place, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a win and at least IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to football, will our records on this one and in which the matches count.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as 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 matches and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The protection which makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year, where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin 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 team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was not just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a new mindset on making a statement and with this being a national match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an inept trainer like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this instance they definitely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared 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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