Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our school football picks and also that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best teams in the nation, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while I supported the Titans. We have been placing wins on and back so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening clash on the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a successful triumph and at least IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move ahead to football, will our recordings on this one and where the matches rely.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to change the culture and win games and worked miracles. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. However , this is a major moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy inside their nest, flying in this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group last year, in which they went winless coming off of a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
My issue is, how can be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when he is working with a completely new offensive strategy and a coach?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate to handicapping experience and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to see in your last sentence youre coming around to the glowing side of sports betting, or youre just being the exact wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers that are making that is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS final year.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a new mindset on creating a statement, and this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust not and the Irish will take them have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, if dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be greater than last year but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record rendered by an equally awkward trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the street would be square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this case they certainly are. Until when 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)