Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the top clubs in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. We have been placing wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn for the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning within this battle on the Cardinals. Other than the venue is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, and a win IMO, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to real soccer, in which the matches count and will our records with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out to change the civilization and win games. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a group that has the chance to start taking steps in the perfect direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, that makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy 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 this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing 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 over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up and Im desperate to the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped last year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement with this being a national match. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an equally awkward coach like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this instance they definitely 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 ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)