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 detract to dip our feet into uncharted waters and leave our college football picks.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the country, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 throughout the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning in this clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue do you think Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, IMO and a successful triumph, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to real football, will our recordings with this one and where the matches rely.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win matches and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a significant time for Louisville, a group which has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The shield, well, that makes me more nervous than with a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My query is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to get any traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was not only 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS final year.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a fresh mindset on building a statement, and this being a match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to hope never and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson -- Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone -- Louisville +20 (-110)