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 game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and also I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best clubs in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber onto a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Aside from the place, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a convincing win and IMO, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to football, in which the games count and so will our records on this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to alter the civilization and win games. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking actions.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, which makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal album this past year in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which 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 within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre just being the same wise a** you are. I will 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, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked final season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh attitude on creating a statement and with this being a match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the highway is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this situation they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)
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