Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes and then also render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, at least and a successful win IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to soccer, in which the games rely and so will our records on this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to change the civilization and win games. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. However this is a huge time for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, that makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy inside their nest, flying in the game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record last year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and owned only 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 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace and Im desperate to your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked past year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A new coach on building a statement and with this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an coach such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is right, and in this instance they are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets 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)