Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best teams in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning in this battle to the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a win and IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to real soccer, where the matches rely and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They more than held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But just like 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 miracles in Appalachian State and will be out to alter the civilization and win games. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a major time for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield, well, that makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed 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 met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a defense? Particularly when he is working with a coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and sucked last season.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh attitude is brought by A trainer and this being a federal game, Satterfield will sell his team. Louisville does have to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and also in this instance they 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)
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