Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract to dip our toes into uncharted waters and leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the top clubs in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany all the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre leaning to the Cardinals in this clash. Aside from the place, why do you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a convincing win, said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to real football, in which the matches count and will our recordings with this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to change the culture. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet , this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield that makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to taking 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 facing a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for handicapping experience and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was, however, 1-11 ATS final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a new attitude on building a statement, and with this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season 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 becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart that then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is right, and in this case they definitely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)
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