Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then render our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will follow all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning on the Cardinals within this season-opening clash although I love the Irish. Apart from the place do you think Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, and a successful triumph IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to soccer, in which the games count and will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the civilization. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, well, that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album last year, where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing 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 within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a coach and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are simply being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh mindset and with this being a federal match, Satterfield will market his team on building a statement. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive 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 document left by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is correct, and in this case they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)