Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters and render our school football picks.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top clubs in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and on so it looks like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning onto the Cardinals. Apart from the venue do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a win and IMO, said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to real soccer, where the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, just 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 will be out win games and to change the culture and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a significant moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense that makes me more worried. You have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that 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 within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to gain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive scheme and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate for your brand new wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the identical wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last year.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new mindset is brought by A coach and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement this being a national match. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be greater but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an inept coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and in this instance they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets 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)