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 also I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
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 compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been placing wins back and on so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a strong -20 round the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning within this battle to the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, and a win IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to football, where the matches count and will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win matches and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However , this is a major moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to start taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The defense, well, which makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record at which they went winless in ACC action this past 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 facing a team that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a defense? Particularly when he is working with a coach and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up and I am desperate to your sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked last season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a new attitude on making a statement and with this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an awkward coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this situation they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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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