Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and that I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our feet into uncharted waters and render our college football selections.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the very best clubs in the country, and a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I backed the Titans. Weve been placing wins forth and back so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of this Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all the very best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but you are leaning onto the Cardinals in this battle. Other than the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup and a convincing win IMO, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move to football, so will our records with this one and in which the matches count.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville used to play against competitions that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were fun games to see and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles at Appalachian State and will be out to change the culture and win matches. This will not happen immediately as the ability level is down from theVille. Yet this is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the protection, well, that makes me more worried. Please do tell why you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record in which they went winless in ACC action this past year. This rebuild is comparable to taking a hot air balloon and attempting to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned 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 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, designed to get some traction against a Irish shield? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace with this Golden Domers and Im desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im happy to see in your last sentence you are coming over to the bright side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are currently making college football picks decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville sucked and was not just 2-10, but 1-11 ATS last year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons However, coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A trainer brings a fresh mindset and with this being a federal match, Satterfield will market his team on creating a statement. Louisville does have to expect they will not be taken by that the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with all the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a ATS if dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, because Louisville could be better than last year but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document left by an inept coach like Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that placing nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy street chalk, but at times the people is right, and also in this instance they really are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, let us see what happens on Monday night once the Irish come ready 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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