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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 from our regularly scheduled program of NFL discussion to dip our toes into uncharted waters and then also leave our school football selections.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA soccer featuring one of the best clubs in the nation, and a legendary soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us 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 backed by me. Weve been placing wins on and back so it looks like it is my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares laying the lumber on a road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds nearly six days before the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point about the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is now offered at a solid -20 across the board whatsoever of the very best internet sportsbooks.
I like the Irish but youre currently leaning within this season-opening battle on the Cardinals. Apart from the venue, why do you think Louisville could hang with the boys?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and a successful triumph, it said a great deal about the Steelers and Titans management. Let us proceed to football, where the matches count and so will our recordings with this one.
Remember those Thursday night games Louisville used to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to watch and the Cardinals were an exciting club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium and its fake (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last year was worse than a three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield will be out win games and to change the civilization and worked miracles. This will not happen immediately as the talent level is down in theVille. Nevertheless , this is a moment for Louisville, a staff that has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the right direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanisms of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than using a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season wins the protection, well, which makes me more worried. Why you have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals wont be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them cozy in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and hes got a team coming off of a dismal record this past year, in which they went winless. This rebuild is akin to seeking to turn it into an F-22 Raptor and taking 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 one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points over the normal season and going a perfect 12-0 until they met Clemson from the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my issue is, just how will be a quarterback like traveling whos slow to discharge, supposed to obtain any traction against a swarming shield that is Irish? Especially when hes working with a trainer and an offensive strategy?
Please, Doug, rescue me Im lost! I find no way, shape or form where Louisville is going to be able to keep up and Im desperate to the ancestral wisdom and handicapping expertise that is prodigious!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to see in your last sentence youre coming on to the sunny side of sports betting, or youre simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers that are making college football picks decide on this. Im the first to realize Louisville completely sucked and was 1-11 ATS, although not only 2-10 last year.
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 staff will be sold by Satterfield on creating a statement with this being a match. Louisville does have to trust the Irish will accept them and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using all the blue and gold is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a ATS, when dishing out 20 or more digits. That defense you mentioned may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, when you dont/cant amuse like Bama or Clemson, it is going to take some time.
Swinging Johnson: Well Doug, I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this case, because Louisville might be better compared to last year but Id submit that they are trained by a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their document rendered by an coach such as Petrino you happen to be shooting blanks.
I understand that laying nearly three touchdowns on the street is square biz for sure and Joe Q. Public never got rich by gambling the heavy road chalk, but sometimes the public is right, and also in this instance they are. Until next week when we get down on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come ready to squint at Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)

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