Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet and leave our college football picks.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the very best clubs in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn for the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Other than the place, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a triumph IMO, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to real soccer, where the matches rely and will our recordings with this one.
Remember Louisville used to perform against competitions? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the civilization. This wont happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. However this is a moment for Louisville, a group which has the chance to start taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Please do tell why youve got up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing flying into this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it to the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, equaling only 17.2 points within 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, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Particularly when he is working with a trainer and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for prodigious handicapping experience and the ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im pleased to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the same wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on that. Im the first to realize Louisville wasnt just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked last year.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a fresh attitude making a statement and with this being a national game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust never and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out 20 or more specimens. This defense you mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping that was impressive restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable document rendered by an equally awkward coach like Petrino.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and also in this case they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday once 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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