Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then leave our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are currently leaning within this battle onto the Cardinals. Aside from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, and a successful triumph IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to real football, will our records with this one and in which the games count.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win games and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to start taking steps.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, which makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group 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 into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to get some traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate to handicapping experience and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the same wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a fresh attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a match. Louisville does have to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more specimens, a ATS. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an inept trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this situation they are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)