Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been swapping wins back and on so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning on the Cardinals within this season-opening battle although doug, I enjoy the Irish. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup a successful triumph and IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real soccer, will our records with this one and in which the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win games and to alter the civilization. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a big time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection, well, that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont 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 he has a team this past year, in which they went winless coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned 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 fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my query is, how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are just being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new mindset is brought by A trainer and with this being a federal match, Satterfield will market his team. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and in this instance they definitely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday 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)