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 that I will deviate to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the golden wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a strong -20 around the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are currently leaning to the Cardinals in this season-opening clash. Aside from the place is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup at least and a successful win IMO, said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets proceed to soccer, so will our records with this one and where the games count.
Recall Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own several upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles and will be out to alter the culture and win matches. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. However this is a major moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to start taking actions in the right direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection which makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have your Irish up, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team last year, in which they went winless in ACC action coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this could eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting 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 going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a Irish shield? Especially when he is working with a new coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up and Im desperate for your sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sport betting, or youre just being the identical shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football picks. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and sucked final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer on building a statement and this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you mentioned might improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and in this instance they definitely are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)