Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks and also I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning in this battle on the Cardinals. Besides the place is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, will our recordings on this one and where the matches rely.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and will be out to alter the civilization and win matches. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a major time for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, well, that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group 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 over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to get any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for your brand new wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact same shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a federal match. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 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 people is right, and in this instance they definitely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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