Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate to dip our feet and then leave our college football picks.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the top clubs in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning onto the Cardinals within this season-opening clash. Apart from the venue is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, and a win IMO, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to football, will our records with this one and in which the games count.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win games and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a significant moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The protection, well, which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal album where they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to get some traction against a Irish defense? Especially when he is working with a coach and a completely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up and I am desperate to the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers that are making college football selections decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was, however 1-11 ATS last year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a national game. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better compared to last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an inept coach like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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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