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Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM in Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and leave our college football selections and that I shall detract from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our toes.
It will most likely be the first and only time this year we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster in comparison to some regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the very best teams in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot up, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while I endorsed the Titans. Weve been placing wins back and forth so it looks like its my turn for the gold wreath, as I will follow all the squares laying the heavy lumber on a public road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the school football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where its presently offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but you are currently leaning within this season-opening battle to the Cardinals. Besides the place, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, a win and at least IMO, said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans direction. Let us move ahead to soccer, in which the matches count and will our records with this one.
Recall Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were an club.
But like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville football last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the culture and win games and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This wont happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. However , this is a huge time for Louisville, a group which has the chance to start taking actions in the ideal direction.
I have read in which the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall because the direct running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the defense, well, which makes me more worried. Please do tell you have your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying in this match as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group this past year, where they went winless in ACC action coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually happen, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it into the CFP this past year and possessed only 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 met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The offense clicked on all cylinders as well, averaging 33 points per game over.
So, my query is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to gain any traction against a swarming defense? Particularly when he is working with an offensive strategy that is entirely new and a new coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to have the ability to keep up and I am desperate for handicapping expertise and your brand new wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to see in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the same shrewd a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are making school football selections decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and completely sucked final season.
Just like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A trainer brings a new attitude and his team will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a national match. Louisville does have to hope not and they will not be taken by the Irish for granted have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is only 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out more or 20 specimens. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this scenario, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they are coached with a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an awkward trainer like Petrino.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this case they are. Until when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)