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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 that I will deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters and also leave our school football picks on the Monday night match between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals.
It will almost certainly be the first and only time this year we do so, as the last week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to a regular-season sport of NCAA football comprising one of the greatest clubs in the country, and a mythical football program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets start the discussion after my friend Doug Upstone got the better of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins back and forth so it appears like it is my turn for the wreath, as I endorse the Irish and will follow the squares putting the thick lumber onto a street favorite.
After reviewing the school football odds almost six days before this Monday night affair, I see the line has spiked a half-point on the preferred, starting at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered at a solid -20 across the board at all of the best internet sportsbooks.
You are currently leaning onto the Cardinals in this clash although I love the Irish. Besides the place is it that you believe Louisville can hang with the boys from South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup IMO and at least a successful win, it said a lot about the Steelers and Titans direction. Lets move to soccer, where the games rely and will our records with this one.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to play against opponents that are big-name? They held their own and engineered many upsets. These were enjoyable games to watch and the Cardinals were a thrilling golf club.
However, like the former Papa Johns Stadium as well as its phony (in real life) owner, Louisville soccer last season was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out win matches and to alter the culture and worked wonders. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down from theVille. This is a significant time for Louisville, a team which has the opportunity to begin taking actions in the right direction.
I have read where the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (great name for a QB) and I like Hassan Hall since the lead running back. Than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9 for season 23, the protection which makes me more nervous. Please do tell why youve got your Irish up.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing since the Notre Dame defense will keep them comfortable in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is now in the big leagues and hes got a team last year, in which they went winless in ACC action coming from a dismal album. This rebuild is akin to trying to turn it and taking a hot air balloon.
While this may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is facing a team that made it to the CFP last year and owned only one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, surrendering just 17.2 points over the regular season and going a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The Irish offense clicked on all cylinders also, averaging 33 points per match over.
So, my question is, how is a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, supposed to get any traction against a swarming defense that is Irish? Especially when he is working with an entirely new offensive scheme and a new trainer?
Please, Doug, save me I am lost! I find no way, shape or form in which Louisville will be able to keep up with the Golden Domers and Im desperate to the sage wisdom and prodigious handicapping expertise!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am happy to read in your last sentence youre coming on to the glowing side of sports gambling, or you are simply being the exact shrewd a** you are. Ill let the SBR readers who are making college football selections decide on this. Im the first to understand Louisville fully pumped and was, but 1-11 ATS last year.
But that team COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, like he gave up to the Atlanta Falcons. A trainer brings a fresh attitude and this being a federal match, Satterfield will sell his team. Louisville does have to trust they will not be taken by the Irish and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly with the blue and gold is simply 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, and a mere 7-9-1 ATS, if dishing out more or 20 specimens. That defense you said may improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, even when you dont/can not amuse like Clemson or even Bama, it is going to take some time.
I was becoming a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping resume, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this event, you happen to be shooting, since Louisville could be better compared to last season but I would submit that they are trained with a Rhesus monkey and enhance upon their record rendered by an equally inept trainer such as Petrino.
I know that placing 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 on occasion the people is right, and in this instance they really are. Until next week when we get back on our NFL Game of the Week, let us see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come ready 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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