Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I shall detract from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and leave our school football picks.
It will probably be the very first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season sport of NCAA soccer comprising one of the top teams in the nation, plus a mythical football program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. We have been swapping wins back and forth so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares laying the lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days prior to this Monday night event, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are leaning within this season-opening clash to the Cardinals. Apart from the venue do you think Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, at least and a win IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to soccer, so will our records on this one and where the matches count.
Recall Louisville used to perform against competitions that are big-name? They held their engineered and own upsets. These were enjoyable games to see and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders and are out to change the civilization and win matches. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team that has the chance.
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 lead running back. The defense, well, which makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins. Why you have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal album this past year, where they went winless. This rebuild is comparable to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it into the CFP last year and possessed 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 in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders as well, averaging over 33 points per game.
My query is, just how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a swarming shield? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive strategy that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and Im desperate for the brand new wisdom and handicapping experience that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sport gambling, or you are just being the exact same wise a** you usually are. I will allow the SBR readers that are making this is decided on by school football picks. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last season.
However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons. A fresh mindset is brought by A trainer and this being a game, Satterfield will market his team. Louisville does need to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have a lot of fight.
Lets 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 said may improve as the season progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or even Bama, it will take time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping restart, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, because Louisville might be better but Id submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an trainer like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that putting nearly 3 touchdowns on the road 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 in this instance they surely are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday 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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