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 then that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the top teams in the country, and a legendary soccer 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 wager about the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. We have been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I will accompany all the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 round the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning in this battle onto the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why do you think Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful win, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real soccer, in which the matches count and so will our records on this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win games and to alter the civilization and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards trainers 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. The protection that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. You have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying into this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal record last year in which they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned 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 fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a shield? Particularly when he is working with an offensive scheme that is entirely new 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 pace and I am desperate for your ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final year.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A coach brings a new attitude on making a statement and with this being a federal game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to hope never and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville might be better but I would submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally inept coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is correct, and in this situation they definitely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the 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)
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