Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest teams in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber on a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning in this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a successful win and IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to real soccer, so will our recordings on this one and in which the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against large scale opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to alter the culture and win games and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The shield which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album this past year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a coach and an offensive scheme?
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 and I am desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are just being the same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and fully pumped final season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A coach and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, with this being a match. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an equally inept coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is right, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday once 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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