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 Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet.
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 featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning to the Cardinals although I love the Irish. Besides the place is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a convincing triumph IMO, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real soccer, will our records on this one and where the games rely.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, such as 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 are out win games and to alter the culture and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming shield? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the same wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was, but 1-11 ATS final year.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A coach on building a statement and with this being a national game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, 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 could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this instance they surely are. Until when 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 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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