Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and leave our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the golden wreath, as I will follow all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Besides the venue is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and a convincing win, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to football, where the games count and will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville used to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the civilization and win games and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The protection, well, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record this past year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into 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 going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a defense? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final season.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a new attitude on making a statement and with this being a national match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when decked out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better compared to last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and also in this case they certainly 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 prepared 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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