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 plan of NFL debate to dip our feet and then leave our school football picks.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the best clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college soccer odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning within this clash onto the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a convincing triumph, said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real soccer, so will our records on this one and where the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out win games and to alter the culture. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonetheless, this is a huge time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense that makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless last year. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, equaling only 17.2 points within the normal season and heading a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to get any traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a brand new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping expertise and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, this being a game. Louisville does need to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart , then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an coach like 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 road chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this case they certainly are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)