Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract to dip our toes and then leave our college football selections.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best teams in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. We have been swapping wins on and back so it looks like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber on a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night event, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are currently leaning in this battle to the Cardinals. Apart from the place, why is it that you think Louisville could hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a win and at least IMO, it said a lot about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to soccer, in which the matches rely and so will our records with this one.
Recall Louisville used to play against opponents? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the civilization. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to start taking actions in the perfect direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection that makes me more worried. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record this past year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a defense? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate for prodigious handicapping experience and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sport betting, or youre simply being the exact identical wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, with this being a game. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also think about, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an awkward coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this instance they surely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday when 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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