Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL discussion to dip our feet and then render our school football selections.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to the golden wreath, as I will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber onto a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning to the Cardinals within this clash. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a successful win and at least IMO, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Let us move ahead to real soccer, will our recordings with this one and in which the matches rely.
Recall Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to alter the culture and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a group that has the chance.
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 like Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection which makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a group coming off of a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My query is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre simply being the same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was, however, 1-11 ATS and fully pumped final season.
Just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons, However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh attitude and with this being a game, Satterfield will market his team on creating a statement. Louisville does need to hope the Irish will take them and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an equally inept trainer like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the public is right, and in this case they surely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday once the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)