Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football picks and that I shall detract to dip our toes.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Besides the place, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, at least and a win IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to soccer, in which the games count and will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win matches and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the chance to begin taking actions.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense, well, which makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal album this past year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP this past year and owned 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a new coach and a completely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh mindset on building a statement and this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be better than last year but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us 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)