Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks and also I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning on the Cardinals although I enjoy the Irish. Besides the venue, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful triumph, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to real football, so will our records with this one and where the matches count.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out win matches and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a significant moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense which makes me more worried. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy inside their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC action this past year. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a Irish shield? Especially when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a national game. Louisville does have to hope never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart that 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 by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and in this case they certainly are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)