Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning in this battle onto the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a successful win, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real soccer, where the matches rely and so will our records on this one.
Remember Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win games and worked wonders. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a significant time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection which makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving 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 traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was, but 1-11 ATS last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer on making a statement, and with this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be greater but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this situation they really are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday once 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)