Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections and that I will detract to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been placing wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to the gold wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Aside from the place is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, at least and a successful win IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to football, where the matches rely and will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out win games and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The shield, well, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team which made it to the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to release, designed to get any traction against a defense that is Irish? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up and I am desperate for the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sports betting, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by college football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped final year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a new mindset and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a national game. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater than last year but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an coach such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is right, and in this instance they certainly are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday once 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)