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 detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning to the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a triumph and at least IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to real football, in which the games count and will our records on this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win games and to change the culture. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to start taking actions.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The shield that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. 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 snug in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed only 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 offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an entirely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for prodigious handicapping expertise and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville was not only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and sucked final year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a game. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an equally inept trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and also 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 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)