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 then I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on 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 preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a successful win and IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to real soccer, so will our records with this one and in which the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to perform against opponents? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out to change the civilization and win games. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet , this is a significant moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The shield, well, that makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a team last year, in which they went winless in ACC action coming from a dismal record. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace and Im desperate for prodigious handicapping expertise and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A new trainer and with this being a game, Satterfield will sell his staff on making a statement. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an awkward trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and in this case they definitely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night once 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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