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 detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then also render 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 year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the top clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been swapping wins back and on so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Apart from the place do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and a successful triumph, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to real soccer, where the matches rely and will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and will be out to alter the culture and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet this is a big time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection that makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album where they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP last 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 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to get any traction against a defense? Especially when hes working with a completely new offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh attitude is brought by A new trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement this being a federal game. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an equally awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and also in this case they definitely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once 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)