Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks and also that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins on and back so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the lumber onto a street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this battle. Besides the venue is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a convincing win IMO, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, where the matches count and will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (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 to change the culture and win games. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a 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 as the lead running back. The defense that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team this past year, where they went winless coming from a dismal 2-10 album. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team 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 within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense? Especially when he is working with a coach and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are just being the identical wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and completely sucked final season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A new coach and with this being a federal game, Satterfield will sell his team on creating a statement. Louisville does need to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an coach such as Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this instance 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 prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)