Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and leave our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the top teams in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares laying the lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college soccer odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning within this clash to the Cardinals. Besides the place is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a convincing win IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to real soccer, where the matches count and will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the culture and win matches and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet , this is a time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The protection, well, which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a Irish shield? Especially when hes working with a coach and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville sucked and was not just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS last year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A new coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement with this being a match. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night when 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)