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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 I shall deviate to dip our toes and then also render our college football picks.
It will most likely be the very first and only time this year we do this, as the last week of display NFL football is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the very best teams in the country, plus a legendary football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets begin the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the better of me last week with a wager about the Steelers while the Titans were supported by me. We have been swapping wins forth and back so it appears like it is my turn to the wreath, as I heartily endorse the Irish and will accompany each of the squares laying the lumber that is heavy on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days before the Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening 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 like the Irish but youre leaning within this season-opening clash onto the Cardinals. Other than the place, why do you believe Louisville can hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yes IMO and at least a successful win, said a lot about both the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to soccer, in which the matches count and so will our recordings on this one.
Remember all those Thursday night games Louisville used to perform against big-name competitions? They more than held their engineered and own many upsets. These were enjoyable games and also the Cardinals were an exciting golf club.
However, for example the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield worked miracles in Appalachian State and are out to alter the civilization and win games. This wont happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. Yet , this is a time for Louisville, a group that has the opportunity to start taking steps in the ideal direction.
Ive read in which the Cards trainers have sped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I enjoy Hassan Hall since the direct running back. The shield, well, that makes me more worried than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing as the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest flying into this game. Scott Satterfield is presently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal 2-10 record this past year where they went winless. This rebuild is akin to carrying a hot air balloon and seeking to turn it.
While this may eventually happen, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team which made it to the CFP last year and possessed one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense has been clicking on all cylinders averaging 33 points per game over.
My query is, just how will be a quarterback like Pass whos slow to discharge, supposed to gain any traction against a swarming Irish shield? Especially when he is working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a coach?
Please, Doug, save me Im lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville is going to be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate for your ancestral wisdom and prodigious handicapping experience!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, Im glad to read in your last sentence you are coming over to the glowing side of sports gambling, or youre just being the exact wise a** you are. I will allow the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on this. I am the first to realize Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 and fully pumped last season.
Like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons However, that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino. A new coach brings a fresh mindset and his staff will be sold by Satterfield on building a statement with this being a national match. Louisville does have to hope never and the Irish will take them for granted have much fight.
Lets also consider, Brian Kelly with gold and all the blue is ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. This defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but replacing five starters, whenever you dont/can not recruit like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was being a bit facetious because although youve got an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, because Louisville might be greater compared to last year but Id submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their record left by an trainer such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that placing nearly 3 touchdowns on the street would be square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is correct, and also in this case they certainly are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the 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)

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