Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and also that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it looks like its my turn to get the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning in this battle on the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes and a win IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to real football, where the games rely and will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the culture and worked miracles. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The defense that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when hes working with an entirely new offensive strategy and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sports betting, or youre simply being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was, however, 1-11 ATS last year.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new trainer brings a new mindset and with this being a federal match, Satterfield will sell his staff on making a statement. Louisville does have to hope not and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
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 scenario, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered 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 sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and in this instance 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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