Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes and then leave our college football selections.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the top teams in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, and a win IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real soccer, will our records with this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out to alter the civilization and win games. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Nonethelessthis is a huge time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
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 since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection which makes me more nervous. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album last year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP last year and possessed 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 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a defense? Particularly when he is working with a completely new offensive scheme and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping experience and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the exact same shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped last year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a federal game. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street 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 definitely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)