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 deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet and render our college football picks.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the very best clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were endorsed by me. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will follow the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre leaning within this battle on the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why do you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes a triumph and at least IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to real soccer, so will our records with this one and where the games count.
Recall those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They more than held their engineered and own upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out to alter the culture and win matches. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonethelessthis is a major moment for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity.
Ive read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the lead running back. The protection, well, that makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Please do tell youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a group last year, in which they went winless in ACC activity coming off of a dismal record. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points within the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My query is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a new trainer and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville will have the ability to keep up and Im desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by college football picks. I am the first to understand Louisville was, however 1-11 ATS and sucked last year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A new trainer brings a new mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement, with this being a national match. Louisville does need to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be better compared to last year but I would submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the highway is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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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