Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also that I will detract to dip our toes.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best teams in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes and a convincing triumph IMO, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real football, where the games count and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to alter the civilization and win games. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a big time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense that makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record in which they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for prodigious handicapping expertise and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked last season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A new trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a match. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an inept trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this situation they are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)