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 render our school football picks.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest clubs in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite and 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 about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a convincing triumph IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to soccer, where the games rely and will our recordings with this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out to change the culture and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a significant time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up on the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than having 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 flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record last year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last 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 met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
My question is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming shield? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and Im desperate for prodigious handicapping experience and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre simply being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was, however 1-11 ATS last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does have to hope not and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks 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 trainer like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and also in this case they surely 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 ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)