Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections and also that I shall detract 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 so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to get the gold wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Other than the venue is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a successful win and at least IMO, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to soccer, where the games count and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the culture. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. Yet this is a big time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to start taking steps.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The shield that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy inside their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team this past year, where they went winless in ACC activity coming off of a dismal album. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are just being the exact same wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was not only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS last season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new attitude and with this being a national match, Satterfield will market his team on making a statement. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart , then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record made by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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)