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 game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Apart from the place is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup a triumph and IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to soccer, where the games rely and so will our records with this one.
Remember Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to alter the culture and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a huge moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection, well, that makes me more worried than having 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 much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, where they went winless in ACC action coming from a dismal record. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to gain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a new coach and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and I am desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and wasnt only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS last year.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new attitude is brought by A trainer and this being a national game, Satterfield will sell his staff. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next 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)