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Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and I will deviate from our regularly scheduled program of NFL debate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and then also leave our college football selections on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will probably be the very first and only time this season we do this, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA football featuring one of the greatest teams in the country, plus a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us begin the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the best of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like its my turn to get the wreath, as I will accompany all the squares laying the lumber on a public street favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the lineup has spiked a half-point about the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 throughout the board at all of the very best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I love the Irish but youre leaning onto the Cardinals. Other than the venue is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yes, Swinger, a triumph and at least IMO, it said a lot about the direction of both the Steelers and Titans. Let us move to real football, where the matches count and so will our recordings with this one.
Recall Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games and the Cardinals were an club.
But such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change the civilization and worked miracles in Appalachian State. This will not happen right away as the ability level is down from theVille. This is a moment for Louisville, a team which has the chance to begin taking steps in the perfect direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The defense, well, that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. Why you have your Irish up, please do tell.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much flying into this match since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and he has a group coming off of a dismal record this past year where they went winless in ACC activity. This rebuild is comparable to attempting to turn it and carrying a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the problem is that Louisville is confronting a group which made it into 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 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like Pass whos slow to release, designed to get any traction against a shield? Particularly when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up and Im desperate for handicapping expertise that is prodigious and your sage wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence youre coming around to the sunny side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact identical shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on this. I am the first to understand Louisville was not just 2-10, however 1-11 ATS and completely sucked final year.
Like he gave up about the Atlanta Falcons but coach Bobby Petrino was given up on by that staff COMPLETELY. A fresh attitude is brought by A coach on making a statement and this being a national match, his staff will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will take them and never have much fight.
Let us also think about, Brian Kelly using the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more specimens. That defense you said might improve as the season progresses but replacing five starters, even whenever you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although you have an handicapping that was impressive resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be greater but Id submit that they could be coached by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable album rendered by an awkward coach like Petrino, you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road would be square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy street chalk, but at times the general public is right, and in this case they are. Until when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, let us see what happens on Monday 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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