Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our feet and leave our school football picks.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre currently leaning in this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes at least and a successful win IMO, it said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to football, in which the games rely and will our recordings with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to perform against opponents? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win matches and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet this is a huge moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, that makes me more nervous. Please do tell you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing 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 group coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year, where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain any traction against a defense? Especially when hes working with a new coach and a completely new offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact same shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers that are making college football selections decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville wasnt just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a fresh attitude on building a statement and this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and in this instance they surely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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)
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