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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 picks on the Monday night match between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and I will deviate to dip our toes.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer comprising one of the best clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a bet on the Steelers while the Titans were backed by me. Weve been swapping wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as I will accompany the squares laying the heavy lumber on a road favorite and endorse the Irish.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night event, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is presently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the best online sportsbooks.
Doug, I like the Irish but you are currently leaning in this clash to the Cardinals. Besides the venue is it that you think Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: YesSwinger, IMO and at least a successful triumph, it said a great deal about the direction of the Steelers and Titans. Lets proceed to soccer, where the matches rely and so will our records on this one.
Remember Louisville used to perform against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered upsets. These were fun games and the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, such as the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) owner, Louisville football last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked wonders at Appalachian State and will be out to alter the civilization and win games. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a major time for Louisville, a team which has the chance to begin taking actions.
I have read where the Cards trainers have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 the shield, well, which makes me more worried. Please do tell youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing flying in this game as the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest. Scott Satterfield is in the big leagues and he has a group this past year, where they went winless coming off of a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is akin to taking a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it in an F-22 Raptor.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a group that made it to the CFP this past year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense has been clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per game.
My question is, just how is a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, designed to obtain any traction against a shield? Particularly when hes working with a new coach and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep pace and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the bright side of sport gambling, or youre simply being the exact same wise a** you are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making college football selections decide on that. I am the first to realize Louisville fully pumped and was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 final year.
Like he gave up on the Atlanta Falcons, but that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new mindset is brought by A new trainer and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on making a statement, this being a game. Louisville does need to hope they will not be taken by the Irish and not have a lot of fight.
Let us 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 mentioned might improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, if you dont/cant amuse like Clemson or Bama, it is going to take time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was becoming a bit facetious because although youve got an impressive handicapping resume, then you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville might be greater than last year but I would submit that they could be coached with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record left by an equally inept trainer like Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for certain along with Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, next week, lets 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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