Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football selections and I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the very best teams in the country, and a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. 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 follow the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Besides the place, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, and a convincing win IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to football, where the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and are out win games and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a huge moment for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, which makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record this past year in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to get any traction against a shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a new coach and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the same wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making this is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 last season.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new attitude and with this being a national game, Satterfield will market his team on building a statement. Louisville does have to hope not and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and when dishing out 20 or more digits, a ATS. That defense you said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be greater but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an awkward coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is right, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday when 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)
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