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 I will detract to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the best clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn for the golden wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning in this clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a convincing triumph, it said a great deal about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to soccer, where the games count and will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to change the civilization and worked wonders. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a significant moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to start taking steps in the perfect direction.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection which makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my issue is, how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a British shield? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact identical wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and wasnt just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS last season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new attitude and with this being a national game, Satterfield will market his staff on building a statement. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better than last year but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an equally inept coach such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and in this instance they are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, then let us see what happens on Monday night 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)