Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will detract to dip our feet into uncharted waters and render 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 year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best clubs in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a convincing win and at least IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to football, in which the matches rely and so will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and are out win games and to change the civilization. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection which makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to obtain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sports betting, or you are simply being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final year.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a fresh mindset and this being a federal match, Satterfield will market his team. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an equally inept trainer like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and in this case they definitely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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)
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