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 on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the top teams in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning on the Cardinals in this battle although doug, I enjoy the Irish. Apart from the venue is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, at least and a successful triumph IMO, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to soccer, will our records on this one and in which the games count.
Remember Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the civilization and win matches and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, which makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem 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, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact same shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A coach brings a new mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement this being a national match. Louisville does have to trust never and they will not be taken by that the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart , then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an inept trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday when the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)