Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I will detract to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best teams in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening battle although I enjoy the Irish. Other than the venue is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a convincing triumph, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to soccer, so will our records with this one and where the matches rely.
Recall Louisville used to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and are out to alter the culture and win games. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a huge moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection that makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying into this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal record in which they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP this past year and possessed 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 met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to get some traction against a Irish shield? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are just being the same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was, but 1-11 ATS last season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new coach on making a statement and this being a federal match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more specimens. 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 will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be better than last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is correct, and in this instance they surely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday 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)