Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football picks and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the place do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup, Swinger, a successful triumph and IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to real football, so will our records on this one and where the games count.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win games and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal album in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP last year and owned 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a Irish shield? Especially when hes working with a coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sports betting, or you are just being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement with this being a national match. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be better than last year but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an inept trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and also in this case they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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