Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best 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 looks like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are currently leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening clash. Apart from the venue do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to soccer, so will our recordings with this one and in which the matches count.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year 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. This is a time for Louisville, a team which has the chance to start taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, which makes me more nervous. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team this past year, in which they went winless coming off of a dismal record. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new trainer brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a national game. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is right, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get down 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)