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 Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning in this battle onto the Cardinals. Other than the place is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a convincing win, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, in which the matches count and so will our records on this one.
Remember Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles 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 moment for Louisville, a group that has the chance to start taking actions.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection that makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group this past year, where they went winless in ACC action coming from a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my query is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to get some traction against a Irish defense? Especially when hes working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and fully pumped final year.
Like he gave up to the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A trainer and this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his staff. Louisville does have to expect not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an awkward trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday 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)