Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks and then I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top clubs in the nation, plus a mythical 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 with a bet on the Steelers while I backed the Titans. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning in this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup at least and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move to soccer, will our recordings on this one and in which the games count.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out to change the civilization and win matches and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonetheless, this is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The protection that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have up your Irish please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group coming from a dismal 2-10 record last year where they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed 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 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my question is, how is a cop such as Pass who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and Im desperate to your brand new wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the identical wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by school football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and fully pumped final year.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new attitude is brought by A new coach on building a statement and this being a federal match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and never have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better but I would submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this case they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come ready 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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