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 picks and also that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals within this season-opening battle. Apart from the place, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, IMO and at least a convincing triumph, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real soccer, where the games rely and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the civilization and win matches and worked wonders in Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Yet this is a time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to begin taking steps.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the defense, well, that makes me more nervous. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming shield? Especially when he is working with a coach and an offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to the sage wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming around to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the same wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A new attitude is brought by A trainer on building a statement and with this being a match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the public is right, and in this situation they surely are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday when 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)