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 then I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year 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 top teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning in this clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and a successful triumph, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to football, so will our recordings with this one and where the games count.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out to alter the culture and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The shield, well, which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into 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 regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my issue is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping experience and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sports betting, or you are simply being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville wasnt just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS and sucked final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a new mindset on creating a statement, and with this being a federal game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an equally inept coach like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and also in this situation they surely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)