Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks and then I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season sport of NCAA football featuring one of the best teams in the country, plus a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. We have been placing wins back and forth so it looks like it is my turn to get the gold wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a public road favorite and heartily endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning in this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a convincing win and at least IMO, said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to real football, where the games count and will our records with this one.
Remember all those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to change the civilization and worked miracles at Appalachian State. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Nonetheless, this is a time for Louisville, a group that has the chance to start taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good 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 you have up your Irish.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 album this past year, in which they went winless in ACC action. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP last year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
So, my question is, just how can be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to release, supposed to obtain some traction against a defense? Especially when hes working with an offensive scheme and a trainer?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the sunny side of sport betting, or you are simply being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. Ill let the SBR readers that are currently making that is decided on by college football selections. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that team COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a new attitude and with this being a game, Satterfield will sell his team on creating a statement. Louisville does need to hope not and the Irish will take them for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with the gold and blue is ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it will take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this circumstance, because Louisville could be greater than last year but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record rendered by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and also in this instance they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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)
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