Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet and also leave our college football picks.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the best clubs in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best 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 golden wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the lumber on a road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Besides the place is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a successful win, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to football, in which the games rely and will our recordings with this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to alter the civilization and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. However , this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking steps.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection that makes me more nervous. Please do tell you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal album this past year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish defense? Especially when he is working with an offensive scheme and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A coach on building a statement and with this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using the gold and blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an trainer like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this instance they are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next 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)