Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and then also that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer 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 the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it appears like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see the line 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 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals. Apart from the venue do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful win, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to football, will our records with this one and where the games rely.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to change the culture and win games. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield which makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team this past year, in which they went winless coming off of a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP last year and possessed only 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 fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my issue is, how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and I am desperate to the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the same shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was not only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and fully pumped final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A trainer on building a statement, and with this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and also 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 when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and also in this situation they are. Until when we get back 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)