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 toes into uncharted waters and render our college football picks.
It will probably be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the greatest clubs in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public street favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are leaning on the Cardinals within this clash. Apart from the venue, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup Swinger, a successful triumph and at least IMO, it said a great deal about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to football, where the matches rely and will our recordings on this one.
Remember Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and also the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win matches and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Yet this is a time for Louisville, a team which has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection which makes me more worried than using 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 much flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record in which they went winless this past year. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned only 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 Irish offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to gain some traction against a shield that is Irish? Especially when he is working with a new trainer and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville will be able to keep pace and Im desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the bright side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making this is decided on by college football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last year.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A trainer and his team will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a match. Louisville does have to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 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, when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better than last year but Id submit that they could be trained with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable record left by an inept coach such as Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but at times the people is right, and in this instance they definitely are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday 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)
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