Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections and then also that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion 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 looks like its my turn for the gold wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this clash. Aside from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a win and IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real football, where the matches rely and so will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville used to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But just for example 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 worked miracles at Appalachian State and are out to change the culture and win matches. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However , this is a huge moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection, well, that makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC action this past year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed 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 in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when hes working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for the brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was not just 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS last season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new mindset and this being a national match, Satterfield will sell his staff on building a statement. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally awkward trainer like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and also in this situation they are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, then 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)