Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and render our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the best clubs in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its 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 prior to this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, IMO and at least a convincing triumph, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, so will our records with this one and in which the matches count.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against opponents? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out to alter the culture and win games. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection that makes me more worried. Please do tell why you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as 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 group coming off of a dismal record last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my query is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a Irish shield? Especially when he is working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for your brand new wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a match. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville might be greater than last year but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this situation they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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)
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