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 then I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Other than the place do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and a convincing triumph, it said a lot about the management of both the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to soccer, in which the matches count and will our recordings on this one.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win matches and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Yet this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The shield which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group this past year, where they went winless coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to 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 moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my question is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a Irish defense? Particularly when hes working with a new trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville wasnt only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final season.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement this being a national match. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS if dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an awkward coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this case they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next 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)