Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet and then render our college football selections.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do this, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the best teams in the nation, and a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the debate after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins back and on so it appears like its my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will follow all the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered in a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning on the Cardinals. Besides the venue, why is it that you believe Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, IMO and a successful win, it said a great deal about both the Steelers and Titans management. Lets proceed to football, in which the games count and so will our recordings with this one.
Remember those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name opponents? They held their engineered and own many upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and will be out win matches and to alter the culture. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet this is a significant time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
I have read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. The protection which makes me more nervous than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a group coming from a dismal record this past year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it to the CFP this past year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to gain some traction against a defense? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep up with this Golden Domers and I am desperate to handicapping experience that is prodigious and the brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sports gambling, or youre simply being the exact wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville sucked and was not only 2-10, however 1-11 ATS final season.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh mindset is brought by A coach on making a statement and this being a federal match, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have a lot of fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and all the blue 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 substituting five starters, even whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because although you have an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be greater than last year but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an equally inept coach such as Petrino.
I know that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and in this case they surely are. Until next week once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, lets see what happens on Monday night 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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