Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and also leave our school football selections.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the top teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn to the gold wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of this Monday night event, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this battle. Other than the venue is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes a win and at least IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Lets move to real soccer, where the matches count and so will our records with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out win games and to alter the culture. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking actions.
Ive 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 direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield that makes me more nervous. Why you have your Irish up please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much flying in this game since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record this past year, in which they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is facing a group which made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per match over.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to get some traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when he is working with a coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the bright side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact same shrewd a** you usually are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are currently making school football picks decide on that. I am the first to understand Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new trainer brings a new attitude on making a statement, and with this being a game, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also when dishing out 20 or more digits, a mere 7-9-1 ATS. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/cant recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville could be greater but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document rendered by an inept coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the people is correct, and in this case they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday when 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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