Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate to dip our toes and also render our school football picks.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins on and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber on a public street 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, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening battle onto the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, at least and a win IMO, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to soccer, in which the games count and so will our records with this one.
Remember all those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, just for example 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 are out win games and to alter the civilization and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense that makes me more worried. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal album in which they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to get some traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with a coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked last year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement this being a game. Louisville does have to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but at times the general public is correct, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday once 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)