Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football selections and then I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a successful triumph and at least IMO, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to soccer, will our recordings on this one and where the games count.
Remember all those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the civilization and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it to the CFP this past 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a new coach and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement with this being a match. Louisville does need to hope not and the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when decked out 20 or more digits. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be greater than last year but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and also in this instance they surely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us 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)