Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then leave our school football selections.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I will accompany all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Besides the place, why is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes and a win IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move ahead to football, will our records with this one and in which the games rely.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were an golf club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and are out win games and to change the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a big moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense that makes me more worried. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug inside their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP this past year and owned 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre just being the same wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and completely sucked last season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new mindset on making a statement and this being a game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document rendered by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is correct, and in this case they definitely are. Until next week once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday 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)