Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then also leave our school football picks.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the nation, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning within this battle on the Cardinals. Aside from the place is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, IMO and at least a successful win, said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real soccer, where the games count and so will our records with this one.
Remember Louisville utilized to play against big-name opponents? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State 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 time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The protection, well, that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record last year in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
So, my question is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the bright side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 final season.
Just like he composed on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A fresh mindset is brought by A new coach on building a statement, and this being a federal game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope not and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping restart, 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 trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document left by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the general public is right, and in this situation they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)