Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks and also that I shall deviate from our regularly scheduled plan of NFL debate to dip our toes into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the top teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the debate after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager on the Steelers while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares putting the thick lumber onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days before this Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 round the board whatsoever the very best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning on the Cardinals although doug, I love the Irish. Aside from the venue, why do you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, a win and at least IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to real football, will our records on this one and in which the games count.
Recall all those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
But just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win matches and to change the civilization and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down in theVille. This is a time for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The protection, well, which makes me more worried than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest flying in this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, where they went winless in ACC action coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it into the CFP last year and owned only 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 in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense was clicking on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, how is a quarterback like Pass who is slow to discharge, supposed to obtain some traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up and I am desperate for handicapping experience that is prodigious and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sport gambling, or you are just being the same wise a** you are. Ill allow the SBR readers who are making school football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville fully pumped 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 coach brings a new mindset and this being a game, Satterfield will sell his team on creating a statement. Louisville does need to trust the Irish will take them for granted and never have a lot of fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using all the gold and blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and if dishing out 20 or more specimens, a ATS. This defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/cant recruit like Clemson or Bama, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this situation, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be better but I would submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their document left by an trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the road is square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the general public is correct, and in this case they certainly are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets see what happens on Monday once 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)