Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins on and back so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to 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 currently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning within this clash on the Cardinals. Besides the venue is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and a convincing win, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to football, will our recordings with this one and where the matches count.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change the culture and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to start taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield which makes me more nervous. Please do tell you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal album this past year in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked last year.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a fresh attitude on building a statement and this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is 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 case they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday 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)