Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in 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 then render our college football picks.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest clubs in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals in this battle. Apart from the place, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a triumph IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to soccer, will our records on this one and in which the games count.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the civilization and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy inside their nest, flying in the game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, where they went winless in ACC action coming off of a dismal document. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned only 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 fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sports betting, or you are simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making college soccer selections decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was not only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked final season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh mindset is brought by A new trainer on making a statement and with this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also if dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and in this situation they definitely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)