Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes and then also render our school football picks.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins back and on so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals although doug, I love the Irish. Besides the place, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, IMO and at least a successful triumph, said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to football, will our records on this one and where the matches rely.
Remember Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win matches and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However , this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album last year, where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was, however, 1-11 ATS last season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new trainer brings a fresh attitude and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement this being a game. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this instance they definitely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)