Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that 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 at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, a triumph and IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to soccer, will our recordings on this one and where the matches count.
Recall Louisville used to play against competitions? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and will be out to alter the culture and win games. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a major time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking actions.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, which makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since 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 team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a defense? Especially when he is working with a coach and a completely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and I am desperate to your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the same shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked final season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new attitude is brought by A coach on making a statement, and this being a game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an inept coach like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this situation they certainly 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 ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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