Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I will deviate to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares putting the thick lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this battle. Aside from the place is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, a triumph and at least IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to football, will our records with this one and where the games count.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and are out to change the culture and win matches. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a huge time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have 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 as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection which makes me more nervous. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal record where they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed only 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.
So, my query is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to gain some traction against a Irish defense? Especially when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy?
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 the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the same shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was not only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS final season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and with this being a match, Satterfield will sell his team on making a statement. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be greater than last year but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is right, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night when 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)