Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and also leave our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely 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 sport of NCAA football featuring one of the top teams in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning to the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a convincing win and IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to real soccer, so will our records with this one and where the matches count.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change the culture and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. Nonethelessthis is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking actions in the right direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sports betting, or you are simply being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville wasnt only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement this being a federal match. Louisville does have to trust never and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better than last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally inept trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and in this case they definitely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)