Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I will detract to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the country, plus a legendary football 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 wager about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning in this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Other than the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a convincing triumph, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to soccer, so will our recordings on this one and in which the matches rely.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to change the civilization and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a significant time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have 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 as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection that makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless in ACC action this past year. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a coach and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports betting, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville wasnt just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
Like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh attitude on making a statement and with this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an trainer like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this case they really are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next 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)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)