Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at 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 then that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins on and back so it appears like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a win and IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to real soccer, in which the matches count and will our records with this one.
Remember Louisville used to perform against competitions? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win matches and worked wonders. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet this is a huge time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
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 as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield, well, which makes me more worried. Please do tell why you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal record this past year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal 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.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the identical wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and sucked final year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, with this being a federal match. Louisville does have to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know 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 on occasion the people is right, and also in this case they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)