Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet and then render our college football picks.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, and 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 backed by me. Weve been placing wins on and back so it looks like its my turn for the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
Youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals although I love the Irish. Aside from the venue do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a successful triumph, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, will our recordings on this one and where the matches count.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to alter the culture and win games. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The protection which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 album last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the issue 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 over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped final year.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a new mindset on creating a statement, and with this being a game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, 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 situation, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an inept coach such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this situation they definitely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday when the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)