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 to dip our toes and then render our school football selections.
It will most likely be the first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the nation, plus 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 the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins on and back so it appears like its my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy onto a road favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days prior to this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered in a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best online sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre leaning on the Cardinals. Other than the venue is it that you believe Louisville will hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, at least and a triumph IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to soccer, so will our recordings on this one and in which the games count.
Remember Louisville used to play against big-name opponents? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an golf club.
But just like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to alter the culture and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However this is a big time for Louisville, a team that has the chance to start taking steps in the ideal direction.
I have read where the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall as the direct running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the shield, well, that makes me more nervous. You have your Irish up please dont forget.
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 now in the big leagues and he has a team coming from a dismal 2-10 record this past year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and trying to turn it.
While that may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a defense? Particularly when he is working with a new trainer and a completely new offensive scheme?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep pace with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am glad to read in your last sentence youre coming over to the bright side of sport gambling, or you are just being the exact wise a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are making that is decided on by school football picks. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and wasnt just 2-10, however, 1-11 ATS last season.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A fresh attitude is brought by A new trainer and with this being a federal match, Satterfield will sell his staff. Louisville does have to hope never and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you said may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, even if you dont/can not recruit like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though youve got an impressive handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, because Louisville could be better but Id submit that they are coached by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their deplorable record left by an inept trainer such as Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I know that laying nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but on occasion the people is correct, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night 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)
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