Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes and then also leave our college football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top teams in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Apart from the place, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, a successful win and IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to real soccer, in which the matches count and will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and are out to alter the culture and win games. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
Ive 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 as the direct running back. The defense which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, where they went winless coming from a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense has been clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a new mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making an announcement this being a match. Louisville does have to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an inept trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and in this situation they surely 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 ready 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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