Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then also that I shall detract to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares laying the heavy lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Other than the place, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a triumph and at least IMO, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real football, where the games count and will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville used to perform against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to alter the culture and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking actions.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal record this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team 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 within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my query is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to get some traction against a defense? Especially when he is working with a new trainer and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre simply being the same wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a fresh mindset on making a statement, and this being a game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand 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 sometimes the general public is right, and in this instance they are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets 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)