Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I will deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the gold wreath, as I will accompany 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 ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and at least a convincing win, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to real football, will our records on this one and in which the matches rely.
Recall Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to change the civilization and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. Nonethelessthis is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to start taking actions in the right direction.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The shield which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team 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 regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to get some traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when hes working with a new trainer and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up and I am desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the same wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by college soccer selections. Im the first to understand Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and sucked final season.
Just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a match. Louisville does need to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you said might increase as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an inept trainer such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is correct, and also in this instance they surely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us 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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