Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet and then also leave our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Other than the venue do you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful triumph, it said a lot about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to football, will our records on this one and in which the matches count.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against competitions? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the right direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection which makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into 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 moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to prodigious handicapping expertise and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer on creating a statement and this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this instance they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)