Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our college football selections and I will deviate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
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 in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins on and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I love the Irish but you are leaning in this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Other than the place, why is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, at least and a successful triumph IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move ahead to real football, so will our recordings on this one and where the matches count.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders in Appalachian State and will be out to alter the culture and win matches. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. Nonetheless, this is a big time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to start taking actions in the right direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the defense which makes me more worried. You have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC activity this past year. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with an offensive strategy and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up and I am desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are just being the identical shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making that is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville was not only 2-10, but 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final year.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a new mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, this being a match. Louisville does need to trust not and also they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and in this instance they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)