Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and also leave our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to the gold wreath, as I will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre leaning onto the Cardinals. Aside from the place, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a successful win, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to soccer, where the matches count and will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out to change the culture and win matches. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to start taking steps in the right direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great title for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense which makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which 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 over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to get any traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when he is working with a coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up and Im desperate to your brand new wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked final year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a fresh attitude on building a statement, and this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when decked out 20 or more digits, a ATS. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an inept coach like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street 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 right, and also in this case they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday 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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