Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet and then leave our college football picks.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the nation, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to get the gold wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber onto a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before 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 it is presently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening battle. Besides the venue, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and a convincing win, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to real soccer, in which the matches rely and so will our records on this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and will be out to change the civilization and win matches. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However , this is a time for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great 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 protection, well, which makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record this past year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group that made it to the CFP this past year and possessed 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 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my issue is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a defense that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for the sage wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or you are just being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped final season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A new trainer on creating a statement, and with this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be greater compared to last year but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally inept trainer like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this instance they are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets 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)