Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at 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 that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion 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 exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals within this clash. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a successful triumph and at least IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to real soccer, so will our recordings on this one and in which the matches rely.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out win matches and to change the culture. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up on the sluggish mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great title for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record this past year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that caused it to the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, equaling only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form from which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and Im desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the same shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final year.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a fresh attitude on creating a statement and with this being a federal game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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)