Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters and also render our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash although I enjoy the Irish. Besides the venue do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and at least a successful win, said a great deal about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to football, where the games count and so will our records on this one.
Remember Louisville used to play against competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out win games and to alter the culture. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The protection, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal album last year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to getting a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with a completely new offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the identical wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked last year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new attitude is brought by A coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement this being a match. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be better compared to last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that putting nearly three touchdowns on the highway would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is right, and in this situation they surely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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)
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