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 detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then leave our college football picks.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to the golden wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night event, 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 round the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Other than the place do you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a convincing win, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to real soccer, so will our recordings with this one and in which the games count.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and are out win games and to alter the culture. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a big moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense which makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, 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 moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to get any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and wasnt just 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh attitude is brought by A trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement with this being a national game. Louisville does need to trust never and the Irish will take them have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the 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 might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an equally inept coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this case they surely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)
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