Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate to dip our toes and leave our college football selections.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the country, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning in this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Besides the place, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, and a triumph IMO, said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to football, where the matches rely and so will our recordings on this one.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were an club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and will be out to alter the culture and win games. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, well, that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal 2-10 album where they went winless in ACC action last year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed 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 met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my issue is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped final year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, this being a national match. Louisville does need to hope not and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an equally inept coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the public is correct, and in this instance they are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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