Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes and also render 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 exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany all the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 round the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning on the Cardinals although doug, I love the Irish. Apart from the venue do you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a convincing triumph, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to football, where the games rely and so will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to change the culture and worked miracles. This wont occur right away because the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the shield, well, which makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal album where they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that could eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, just how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a shield? Especially when hes working with a completely new offensive strategy and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate to handicapping experience and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are just being the exact shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by college football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked last season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A coach on creating a statement and with this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will accept them and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better than last season but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and in this case they certainly 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 ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)