Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably 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 soccer comprising one of the best clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it looks like it is my turn for the golden wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning in this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Other than the venue is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a triumph and at least IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to real soccer, in which the matches rely and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall Louisville used to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (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 matches. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. However , this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, that makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal record in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with a new trainer and an entirely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was, but 1-11 ATS last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater than last year but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an inept trainer such as Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and in this situation they definitely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday 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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