Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and leave our school football selections.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs in the nation, plus a mythical soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. We have been swapping wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn to get the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this clash although I love the Irish. Other than the venue do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys in South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, at least and a successful win IMO, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us proceed to real football, will our recordings with this one and in which the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games to see and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked tirelessly in Appalachian State and will be out win games and to alter the civilization. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a huge time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking actions in the perfect direction.
I have read where 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 direct running back. The protection which makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record where they went winless last year. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it into an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group that made it into the CFP last year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per game over.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, designed to gain some traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when he is working with a coach and an offensive scheme 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 the sage wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sports gambling, or youre just being the same wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville was not just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS and fully pumped final year.
However, that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement this being a 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 using gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, 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 instance, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be better but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the highway is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the people is right, and in this situation they definitely are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared 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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