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 detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the top clubs in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I supported the Titans. Weve been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares putting the thick lumber 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 lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a win and at least IMO, said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to football, so will our records with this one and where the games rely.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change the culture and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. However , this is a significant moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, which makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record where they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team which made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my issue is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to get some traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when hes working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep pace with the Golden Domers and I am desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and the sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the identical wise a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are currently making this is decided on by school football selections. Im the first to realize Louisville sucked and was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS final year.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons. A new mindset is brought by A trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement, this being a game. Louisville does need to trust not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be better than last year but I would submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an coach such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this instance they surely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday when 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)