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 to dip our toes into uncharted waters and also render our school football picks.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best teams in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to get the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning to the Cardinals within this season-opening clash. Other than the place do you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, and a successful win IMO, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real soccer, where the games rely and so will our records with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to alter the culture and worked wonders. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a major time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, which makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year, where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain some traction against a shield? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or youre just being the exact wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making school football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and sucked last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A coach on creating a statement and this being a national match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an equally inept trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people 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 night 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)