Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract to dip our feet and also leave our school football selections.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now available at a strong -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Other than the venue do you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a successful triumph and at least IMO, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to soccer, where the matches rely and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to alter the civilization and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This wont occur right away because the talent level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a big moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield that makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal album in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a defense that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was not only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is right, and also in this instance they certainly 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 ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)