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 discussion to dip our toes and render our college football picks.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins on and back so it appears like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this 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 now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a convincing win and IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to real football, so will our recordings on this one and in which the games rely.
Recall Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as 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 games and worked wonders at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. Yet , this is a major time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to start taking steps in the right direction.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield which makes me more worried. Please do tell you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as 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 this past year in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem 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 normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my issue is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and I am desperate for the ancestral wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and sucked final year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A coach brings a new mindset on making a statement, and with this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville might be greater but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an equally inept coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
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 road chalk, but at times the people is correct, and in this case they are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday when 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)