Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet and also leave our college football picks.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, and a mythical 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 while I supported the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 round the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre leaning in this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Besides the place do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and a successful triumph, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us proceed to real soccer, so will our records with this one and where the matches rely.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the civilization and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. However , this is a significant time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection which makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal album last year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, just how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre simply being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was not only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last year.
Like he composed to the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A coach on making a statement and with this being a national match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an awkward coach like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and also in this instance they really are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets 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)