Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football selections and also that I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been placing wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals. Other than the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup at least and a triumph IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to real soccer, in which the games count and will our records on this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and will be out win games and to alter the civilization. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team with the opportunity to begin taking actions.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
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 presently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed 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 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to gain some traction against a defense? Particularly when hes working with a trainer and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was, however, 1-11 ATS last year.
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 new trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an inept coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and in this instance 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 squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)