Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals and I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Other than the place, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, a convincing win and at least IMO, said a lot about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to soccer, in which the games count and will our records with this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the culture and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team which has the chance to start taking actions in the perfect direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, that makes me more worried. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record this past year in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to attempting 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 group which made it into the CFP this past year and owned only 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a defense? Especially when hes working with a trainer and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to your brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and wasnt just 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS last season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a fresh mindset and with this being a national match, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an trainer like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also 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 squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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