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 also leave our school football selections.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn to get the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Apart from the venue is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and at least a convincing win, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to football, so will our recordings with this one and where the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to perform against competitions? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the culture and worked wonders. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However , this is a significant time for Louisville, a group that has the chance to begin taking steps.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the shield that makes me more worried. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal record this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my question is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to obtain any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when he is working with a coach and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to prodigious handicapping expertise and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the same shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked last season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh mindset and with this being a match, Satterfield will sell his team. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a ATS. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is correct, and in this case they surely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday night when 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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