Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract to dip our toes and render our school football selections.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash although doug, I love the Irish. Apart from the venue, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a successful win and IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to real soccer, where the matches count and will our recordings with this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against opponents? They more than held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out to change the civilization and win matches. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a significant moment for Louisville, a group which has the opportunity.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection that makes me more nervous. Why you have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying into this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 album last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into 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 normal season and moving 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.
My query is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and I am desperate for prodigious handicapping expertise and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked last year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and this being a national game, Satterfield will market his staff. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by that the Irish for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is correct, and also in this situation they definitely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)