Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate to dip our feet and then render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber on a public street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
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 on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, a triumph and IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to soccer, in which the matches rely and will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out to alter the civilization and win matches. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. However , this is a moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The protection that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for your brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped final year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a game. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and never have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an equally inept coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this situation they definitely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)