Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet and then render our college football picks.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning onto the Cardinals within this season-opening clash although I enjoy the Irish. Aside from the venue do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and at least a successful triumph, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to football, in which the matches count and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win games and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a huge time for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking steps.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The protection, well, which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming from a dismal album last year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense has been clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My query is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate to your ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville was, but 1-11 ATS and fully pumped last year.
Just like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new attitude is brought by A new trainer and this being a game, Satterfield will sell his staff on creating a statement. Louisville does need to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an awkward trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that putting almost 3 touchdowns on the highway is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in such case they certainly are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets 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)